December 16, 2011

Spend a Minute with Millstone and Enter to Win a Keurig! (Winners Announced!)

Time’s up!

The winners of the Millstone and Keurig Giveaway are:

#328 Bridget: “My favorite tradition is taking my daughter to see a performance of the Nutcracker! =)

#835 Kathy Iverson: “My favorite holiday tradition is the my husband’s family sleepover on Christmas Eve! We all gather together at his sister’s home, we drink hot chocolate and everyone puts on their brand new jammies. When the kids go to sleep, the parents put out gifts and prepare for the morning! The whole family wakes and spends Christmas morning together!

#1280 Jennifer: “When I was growing up, my mom always made cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate for us on Christmas morning. My husband always had a breakfast casserole. I have continued making his favorite casserole for Christmas morning.

Congratulations girls! What beautiful traditions. I’ve sent ya’ll an email. Merry Christmas!

To celebrate the holiday season, and the early mornings, family gatherings, and festive holiday parties that come with it, the awesome folks at Millstone would like to invite you to take a well deserved break and “Spend a Minute with Millstone” by enjoying a perfectly brewed cup of Millstone coffee in your own brand new Keurig Elite Brewing System. I’m so excited to share this with you guys today, I absolutely love my Keurig! It’s perfect for newlyweds, the occasional coffee drinker, and coffee junkies alike. It’s great to have on hand because you can easily offer your guests a freshly brewed cup of coffee, ready in literally seconds, without having to brew an entire pot. Of course you know the Hazelnut Cream flavor from Millstone is my favorite! I’ve got not one, not two, but three of these fabulous giveaway packages to give away today, courtesy of Millstone.

 

The Giveaway

Three (3) Kevin and Amanda readers will win the following items:

  • Three (12-count) boxes of Millstone K-Cups in Breakfast Blend, Foglifter© and Hazelnut Cream
  • Crate and Barrel coffee cup
  • Keurig Elite Brewing System
  • $25 American Express Gift Card

 

How to Enter

To be entered to win the Millstone giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post:  In honor of the holidays, I would love for you to tell me about your favorite holiday tradition. I can’t wait to read all about them! :)

Contest ends Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 8 pm CST. One entry per person, please. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Giveaway provided by Millstone.

More from Millstone. Now through December 27, Millstone invites you to enter for the chance to win a Grand Prize of $10,000, a Keurig Brewer, and a 1-year supply of Millstone K-Cup Portion Packs.  By entering, you also have the chance to win weekly prizes for a $100 grocery gift card, a Keurig Brewer, and a 1-month supply of Millstone K-Cup Portion Packs. Visit www.millstone.com for full contest details.

 

Good luck!!!



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Lisa December 16, 2011 at 2:03 am

Thanks for the chance to win. This is a great giveaway. My favorite tradition is just spending time with friends and family.

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Leiah December 16, 2011 at 2:11 am

Church, then gumbo with the family and ending with jammies for & the ‘Christmas Story’ marathon. Fah-rah-rah-rah-rah…rah rah rah rah!

Merry Christmas!

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Nikki December 16, 2011 at 2:15 am

thanks for the chance to win. Would love to win it for my mom for christmas. My favorite tradition is waking up christmas morning opening santa gifts and then going to my great grandparents to see all of the cousins for lunch. Afterwards we would drive to my other grandparents to see all of my other cousins. All of this is followed by a huge sleepover at my grandparents.

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Miranda December 16, 2011 at 2:21 am

My FAVORITE Christmas tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve – it was so fun because we couldn’t wait to open our presents, and it made us so much more excited for Christmas morning!

Thank you so much for hosting this awesome giveaway :-) I hope you have a great Holiday season girly!

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Melanie Y December 16, 2011 at 2:26 am

My favorite holiday tradition is baking with my sons! Whether we decide to make & decorate sugar cookies or whip up our favorite – pineapple-upside down cake, I enjoy the special memories we create together.

:)

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Alyssa McVey December 16, 2011 at 2:47 am

My favorite tradition that my family did while I was growing up, and that I now do with my kids, is blocking off the living room by taping wrapping paper to the entry to the living room. Then the kids run through it Christmas morning.

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Lara December 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

What a great idea..may need to do this since we are in a new house and son’s room is right off living room!

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Robin December 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Such a cute idea! I wish we had kids in the house to try it out ourselves.

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Sylvie Poulin December 16, 2011 at 2:50 am

my favorite tradition is opening gifts with my family and now with miss Olivia who is 2 1/2 years old it’s even more special!

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Susan December 16, 2011 at 2:53 am

Favorite holiday tradition is celebrating the Savior’s birth. Also, decorating the tree, crafting ornaments, making fudge, candies, frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles, Jesus’ birthday cake, and giving.

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Sharon December 16, 2011 at 2:54 am

One of our holiday traditions was to travel the local river by boat, viewing the stately homes lining the banks in all their Christmas finery.

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Goat Girl December 16, 2011 at 2:57 am

I love going to Xmas Eve church services and then driving around and looking at people’s Xmas lights/yard displays that are elaborate!

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Joane December 16, 2011 at 2:58 am

Thanks for this awesome giveaway. My favorite tradition is just spending time with family and eating all the good food. Also watching the kids open their presents is always fun.

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Morgan M. December 16, 2011 at 3:08 am

I love our new tradition of reading from the bible on Christmas morning.

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Scott M December 16, 2011 at 3:11 am

The pickle ornament we put on
The tree every year. I got ours in Germany years ago!

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Andrea Watters December 16, 2011 at 3:13 am

My favorite holiday tradition is one my mom started when my sister and I were little and that we now both share with our daughters. On Christmas Eve the kids open 1 gift after dinner followed by hot cocoa and a Christmas movie. I can’t wait!!

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Linda Gilliam December 16, 2011 at 3:13 am

When my first son was born in December 1974, I bought
a cute stuffed elf that year, named him Shuckles, and placed him on
our antique clock my Dad had given me for
a wedding gift… the elf has moved cross country
several times, my oldest son Ryan is now 37, but Shuckles the elf
mended numerous times is right this minute sitting
on his click awaiting another Christmas, I have three
sons and they all look for him each year!

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judy bruce December 16, 2011 at 3:20 am

my dad passed in 2004 and xmas was his favorite holiday, he was like a kid when it came to presents. each year he would try to guess what i got him and i really miss that. So each year i buy him something and put it under his tree. i leave it there and usually someone comes by and takes it but i always think he has come home to open his gift. that is the best feeling i can ever have to celebrate my holiday.

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Alyssa December 16, 2011 at 3:22 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at church.

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Jade December 16, 2011 at 3:24 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is spending Christmas Eve with my entire family (all 26 of us, soon to be 27) and after having dinner & opening presents…we all watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It never gets old! (:

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Patti December 16, 2011 at 3:28 am

Love to hang up the Christmas stockings my sister and I have exchanged over the past 35 (yikes!) years. Many of them are one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by each of us. Truly a gift of love. Friends and family are amazed to see allof them hung up each year. What a sight!

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Maarja December 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

My favourite tradition about the Christmas is reading poems to get your present. This little task is piece of cake for children, but you can see many adults blushing and feeling like little frightened kids. Furthermore, it’s heart warming to see a grandma and grandchild singing together “Winter wonderland”.
Have a merry little Christmas Kevin and Amanda!

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Rayshandra December 16, 2011 at 3:42 am

My favorite tradition is spending time with friends from out of state. I had some really close friends move away to attend college and they decided to live in that state after finishing school. It is a wonderful treat when the holidays come because I know that my girlfriends and I get together and spend quality time together eating, shopping, and just catching up. I don’t have any children yet, but I also love seeing the new additions to the family celebrate their first Christmas. This year we have 2 new babies, and one was actually born on Christmas Day 2010. It’s about spending time with family and creating memories, not the stuff. Joy, family and friends are the greatest gifts. Happy Holidays!!!!!

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Melissa P. @Mel4Him December 16, 2011 at 3:46 am

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! Every year my mom, son and go out for lunch then we head out to buy our Christmas trees. We just love having a real tree for Christmas.
Mel4Him777{at}gmail{dot}com

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kate b December 16, 2011 at 3:46 am

We would walk to midnight mass and then come home and open gifts.

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Larissa pavei December 16, 2011 at 3:48 am

our family tradition is opening presents on xmas eve…with a huge dinner!!

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Eva Mandel December 16, 2011 at 3:48 am

My favorite tradition is cooking Chinese food with my mom! We’re Jewish, but my mom is Chinese as well, so instead of going out to a Chinese restaurant, we stay home and make our own Chinese food.

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Victoria December 16, 2011 at 3:50 am

Our favorite holiday tradition with our kids is Christmas morning stockings. I guess Santa uses peanuts to lead the kids to their stockings and has all kinds of goodies for them. Every year the kids have stockings but the way they act you would think it was their first time getting a stocking. :)

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Beverly McCormick December 16, 2011 at 3:56 am

Thanks for this oppportunity. I would love to win this. About a year ago my son was hospitalized for several days. In the waiting room they had one of these with all different types of coffee and chocolate. Once I tried it, couldn’t resist it. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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Christa F December 16, 2011 at 3:58 am

For work my friend and I get together with my Manager one evening the week before Christmas, and make a gift of treats for our team of about 30 employees… It is so much fun to spend a night making Christmas cookies, chow chow (or like this year), peppermint bark. We spend the evening away from the office, with some festive Holiday music, enjoy each others company, share stories, have a small dinner, some festive drinks, and exchange our own gifts to each other, all while being Elves making a homemade treat for the team! We have a lot of laughs and it gives us that time to unwind and do something fun! We have done this the last 3 years, and it is turning into a wonderful and fun tradition!

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Angie December 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

Our Christmas tradition is placing a village under the tree. There are no presents to be seen until Christmas morning after Santa delivers everything…the expression in the kids’ eyes make it all worthwhile!! =)

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Joy December 16, 2011 at 4:12 am

Oh today is going to be my lucky day… My husband wants one of those really bad! we don’t really have a tradition much anymore since the kids are all on there own with there own babies, I think it is time that hubby and I do them for ourselves.

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Julie December 16, 2011 at 4:19 am

My favorite tradition is getting a real tree with my husband and two kids. We go the weekend after Thanksgiving to get our tree. It is fun decorating the tree together and looking at old ornaments and the stories behind them. My favorite time of year!

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Silvia Salvático December 16, 2011 at 4:20 am

Thanks for this awesome giveaway. My favorite tradition is to be with my family and tell old histories about us. Now, I’ve two childs and everything it´s more funny.
Thanks you and have a happy holidays!

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Marlis Marsingale December 16, 2011 at 4:22 am

I love everything Christmas! The songs, the decorations, the hunt to find the perfect gift for someone. But I think myf favorite tradition is reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to my kids on Christmas Eve. Now they are big kids and I need to find new traditions but I love my memories of when they were little.

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Sara December 16, 2011 at 4:25 am

I always buy new pajamas for my children and they open them on Christmas eve.

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Billie December 16, 2011 at 4:26 am

Dinner with family, walking to church for Candlelight Service, and returning home for holiday martinis and snacks.

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maddie cote December 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

being hispanic we spend the 24 of december eating roasted pork and a whole bunch of good stuff.

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Maureen December 16, 2011 at 4:39 am

We decided when the kids were very young to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas so that they were not over whelmed. On Dec. 26 we celebrate the Feast of the Friendly Beasts, a medival tradition recognizing the animals in the stable with the Christ Child. It is time to reflect on other aspects of animals…and friends who give us love and support.

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Hannah December 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

My husband and I started a tradition of eating stollen every Christmas morning. I like it because it’s not something that either of our families did but we started it just for the two of us.

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Mary December 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

Chruch on Christmas Eve then spending Christmas with family and friends..and of course the cookies :) thank you for the great give away and all of your great articles all year

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Mary Brown December 16, 2011 at 4:45 am

Amanda, love the posts with all the pretty macaroons recently. Loved baking cookies with my Grandma Loretta and she never said “That’s enough” when I would eat them haha. Happy Holidays

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Olivia December 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating dozens of cookies on Christmas Eve, waking up Christmas Day, and then eating a breakfast of pancakes or cinnamon rolls and Christmas cookies. Not very healthy, but so much fun!

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Katie Brockmeyer December 16, 2011 at 4:50 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmas tree. Now that my son is 4, it is important to start these traditions! :) I also plan on starting a “north pole” breakfast on Christmas eve morning.

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Vicki Mc December 16, 2011 at 4:50 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is eating a box of russell stover chocolates while decorating the christmas tree with my husband.

This time of year I wish I had kids so I could play elf on a shelf with them though :)

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Kristin December 16, 2011 at 4:52 am

My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree, reminiscing about all of the ornaments and where they came from. So much fun!

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rebecca @ beurrista December 16, 2011 at 4:53 am

it was lovely reading what all the commenters said- such wonderful, sweet memories that are created.

we open one gift on christmas eve (after church service) and they’re always pajamas. christmas day includes a tradition of playing christmas carols for each other- LOVE christmas music!

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Dyan Witt December 16, 2011 at 4:54 am

I love going to church on Christmas Eve and listening to the choir sing sweet beautiful songs!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Carolyn L. December 16, 2011 at 4:56 am

My family is so big we all draw names, but instead of BUYING the gift you have to make it! It’s always a challenge and so fun to see what creative gifts people come up with.

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Kathy Miller December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

Wonderdful Idea and What Fun!!

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Anita Dehghani December 16, 2011 at 4:59 am

My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies and planning special memus that hopefully exclude turkey.

I also love all the potlucks with friends and playing an afternoon of games.

Monday I am making brown sugar bacon wrapped smokies as requested.

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Barb December 16, 2011 at 5:00 am

It was always hard for my daughter to wait to open presents on Christmas morning, so we would let her pick one to open on Christmas Eve. It’s fun to see which one she picks to open. She’s seventeen and still looks forward to this every year! Happy holidays, everyone!

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Elizabeth December 16, 2011 at 5:05 am

Thanks for the giveaway!!! It’s hard to choose just one tradition–I just like spending time with family & friends.

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Symone December 16, 2011 at 5:07 am

I love this maker! My Aunt has one and when we visit here we use it all the time! It would be so neat to own one for myself!

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The Monogrammed Mrs. December 16, 2011 at 5:09 am

My inlaws read an elf book to our neice and nephew on Thanksgiving. That seems to kick off Christmas so well. We also all go to church on Christmas eve (and all year long) and that is such a special time.

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Aimee December 16, 2011 at 5:16 am

I love all the holiday day eating! Foglifter coffeee sounds divine :)

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Lana December 16, 2011 at 5:18 am

On Christmas Eve we host an open house. After the Christmas Eve service, friends and family gather for tamales and other goodies. It is so much fun.

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Lorrie Corry December 16, 2011 at 5:21 am

Christmas Eve service….jammies and sharing Santa and gifts for each other… And this Christmas going back home to celebrate one of the finest ladies who ever lived … My husband’s mother… We will have her favorite dishof Chicken Tettrazzini and dessert and coffee around her diningroom table… Miss you sweet Betty! Keep those traditions going everyone and Merry Christmas memories to you all!
Lorrie

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krystyne December 16, 2011 at 5:21 am

hooray for coffee!!
my favorite thing is the result of all the combined traditions in our house. being together with my family surrounded by beautiful lights, nostalgic music and the smell of baked goods just can’t be beat!

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Mary December 16, 2011 at 5:23 am

Santa Claus has always been a big tradition with our family. Stockings are filled by Santa overnight. On Christmas morning they are the first and only thing that could be opened when we were little kids and waking up before our parents. Now it is a family activity enjoyed with a morning brunch. Later, we gather around and open our presents.

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Sara December 16, 2011 at 5:23 am

Our big night was always Christmas Eve… That came from my dad being raised in Sweden. Now that I’m incorporating a second family into the Ihoilidays, I take care of Christmas Eve and they take care of Christmas.

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Heather December 16, 2011 at 5:25 am

My favorite holiday tradition is one that isn’t that old. For the last three years my 4 yr. old has been helping me bake Christmas goodies. She absolutely loves to get in the kitchen and help me bake. If she gets to put sprinkles on something it is even better for her.

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 5:26 am

What a great giveaway, Peppermint coffee, family, christmas music. No better way to spend the holidays!

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Lois Martin December 16, 2011 at 5:28 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is watching the children search for the pickle in the Christmas tree. The one who finds it gets to open the first present.

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Lori December 16, 2011 at 5:28 am

My favorite traditions are going to the Christmas Eve candle light service at our church and also gathering with the extended family at grandma’s house on Christmas evening.

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Denise in South GA December 16, 2011 at 5:29 am

I decorate the dining table different every year and on Christmas Eve we make a shrimp dinner with the kids.We usually watch movies after dinner. Merry Christmas to Y’all!

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Dar December 16, 2011 at 5:32 am

We have several traditions at Christmas but since this one pertains to food ❤
I always make a breakfast casserole or quiche (or both) Christmas morning. I put it in the oven as soon as we wake and put on a pot of coffee (and some hot cocoa) so that it’s ready to eat/drink right after opening presents from Santa. Opening presents works up quite an appetite and a thirst!

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Karen December 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

My favorite tradition is singing at the Christmas Eve service.

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Beth December 16, 2011 at 5:35 am

dinner with family, opening gifts usually the youngest goes first,going to the christmas eve service together, singing christmas carols, going to see the christmas lights around the neighborhood, being with friends, laughing & joking about past christmas moments, i love CHRISTMAS! it’s such a wonderful time of the year. hope you & your family have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year in 2012. i keep looking at the Keurig in the store where ever i’ve been shopping & i keep thinking how great it would be to have one. what a great giveaway. good luck to everyone. (:

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Sally December 16, 2011 at 5:35 am

On Christmas morning, everyone stays in bed until I come to their room with my grandmother’s 100+ year old music box and wish them a Merry Christmas. This is a tradition my mother and her mother passed along. My grown kids tell me how they would listen for me to crank the music box and then the beautiful music start playiing and then they’d start squealing and giggling in anticipation.

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Julie C. December 16, 2011 at 5:35 am

My favorite tradition on Christmas Day is watching the kids open their stockings. We always wrap everything up so it takes a while to get through it, which allows the others to sleep a little longer… I love this!

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Hannah December 16, 2011 at 5:39 am

My favorite tradition is baking my grandmother’s famous Christmas cookies: jam thumbprints and sour cream twists. Happy Holidays :)

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Mindy December 16, 2011 at 5:39 am

I can smell our coffee brewing now, and this would make a great gift for my mom! Gosh, our favorite holiday tradition..? I have many answers if you would have asked, what is it that you dread the most at the holidays. haha. Okay, holiday tradition: Taking our holiday family portrait. I have one for each year since my son was very little. But, now that he is almost 13 yrs old, he is very annoyed with it. We had to do three separate sessions this year because of my son’s lack of a smile. Geez, to think.. he will actually like to look at these one day with his own family.

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Amanda G December 16, 2011 at 5:40 am

I love our simple Christmas Eve get together with my maternal grandparents and the all out fabulous chaos of Christmas day with my dads huge side of the family. Such a contrast but both perfect for the season!

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Barb December 16, 2011 at 5:41 am

Oh my goodness – so many fun traditions, plus we’ve added 3 new traditions this year as we have an exchange daughter from Denmark who has given us so much joy and taught us new traditions. But my most favorite of all, which is only 3 years old, is making Lefse on Christmas Eve. Our 14 year old and I learned how from our very skilled Norwegian church ladies, I went out and bought everything, and now we do it on our own every Christmas Eve. LOVE it :)

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Maria M December 16, 2011 at 5:41 am

Our favorite tradition is getting our Christmas Tree – we go to a tree farm with a mini train we ride on and it drops us off by the trees and we grab a wagon and saw and start to look. The kids love to play hide and seek among the trees and the older kids are ready to help cut the tree down. Then we bring the tree back in the wagon back to the train stop, ride the train back and have hot chocolate while it gets wrapped and ready to take home.

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Laura Edmonds December 16, 2011 at 5:46 am

I love decorating our Christmas tree with my sons. My mom gives them a new ornament every year and it is fun to look back over the years at the different ones they have as they put them on the tree. My oldest is 17 and my youngest is 7 and they both love to help me with the tree. Priceless!!! :)

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Amy Lynne December 16, 2011 at 5:49 am

Thank you so much for the opportunity!! How cool!!
My favorite tradition is pretty recent. For the last 5 years, I have created a handmade gift for each of my 3 daughters. It is the gift they seem to look forward to the most! :)
Merry Christmas!!

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Nicole H. December 16, 2011 at 5:50 am

My favorite holiday tradition from when I was a child was my parents would always fill our stocking with breakfast type goodies (an orange, juicebox, granola bar etc.) and little toys and we couldn’t wake them up to open presents until we ate all of our breakfast! I spend Christmas with my in-laws now, so unfortunately we don’t carry on this tradition – but when I have my own little ones someday, I definitely plan on doing this!

Thanks for this GREAT giveaway.

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Janice December 16, 2011 at 5:50 am

Favorite Christmas tradition…Coming home from Christmas Eve service, exchanging one small gift (where we drew names between the 5 of us) then getting ready with popcorn, chips, cookies & drinks all snuggled under blankets to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Ha! Then, getting to bed late and having my 3 daughters wake up VERY early.

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Julie Gade December 16, 2011 at 5:51 am

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day spent in church with very dear to heart families is the most tender of traditions! Merry Christmas to all….
Thanks for a chance at a “Great start to every morning” Keurig prize…..would love one of these!!

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Edward December 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

Love the family getting together. The dinner on Christmas eve with all of our family is priceless. It is the most cherished tradition.

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Teresa C. December 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

My favorite tradition is going to a candlelight Christmas Eve service! We have been to many different churches, depending on where we are that year, but I just love singing Christmas carols around the candlelight. :)

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Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute December 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

Merry Christmas Kevin and Amanda! This is such a nice giveaway. I’d like to finally enter the 21st century with a cool coffee maker like this.

One of our family traditions is to always watch “Christmas Story” together. You know the red rider bb gun movie.

Have a wonderful Holiday season.
Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute
cottonpickincute(at)hotmail(dot)com

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J Snyder December 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

We have so many: we start with Christmas by the Sea weekend with all their festivities, then by cutting down our own Christmas tree, baking, having a bday party for (as my kids say) Baby Jesus, each kid picking out something special for their sibling, and someone less fortunate, making gingerbread houses and lastly the food we serve is all our special stuff from growing up.

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Sarah Cruze December 16, 2011 at 5:53 am

I love your blog and your giveaways! Thank you! My favorite Christmas tradition is…. My grandfather would take the men of the family duck hunting for an overnight trip a couple of days before Christmas, and that night, my grandmother would take the ladies out “hunting” to a nice restaurant for a steak dinner :)

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Julie December 16, 2011 at 5:54 am

We have always had cinnamon rolls for breakfast Christmas morning. Even now that my kids have their own kids, they come over Christmas morning and have cinnamon rolls!

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Megan December 16, 2011 at 5:56 am

When I was little, my brothers and I always made gingerbread cookies from scratch for Santa. My mom baked the dough and dad cut the shapes by hand. As adults, we still carry on the tradition and a friendly cookie decorating contest has emerged. It’s what I look forward to most!

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Rachel Robinson December 16, 2011 at 5:56 am

Hmm well one of my favorite traditions is baking Christmas cookies as gifts for all of my friends and family. I always love giving something homemade or personal and sometimes a baked good just makes you feel a lot better than a sweater :-)

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Karen December 16, 2011 at 5:57 am

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making iced cutout sugar cookies using some of my favorite cookie cutters from my collection! I have some that I have been using for over 30 years since I was a young teenager. Also a more recent tradition is my sons, 9 and 14, helping me put out of large nutcracker collection.

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Tracy December 16, 2011 at 5:58 am

My favorite holiday tradition? I don’t even know. Decorating our Christmas tree I guess! It’s the one thing we do every year, no matter where we are!

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dana December 16, 2011 at 5:58 am

My favorite tradition is baking Christmas goodies with my daughters!

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Jessica December 16, 2011 at 5:59 am

Thanks for the chance to win another great giveaway! I have a huge family and dinner (with leftovers for everyone) is always a big part of our celebration. So my favorite tradition is helping Mom cook for everyone

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Marilyn Krigger December 16, 2011 at 6:00 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is spending Christmas morning with my family. We spend the entire morning together, cooking breakfast, opening gifts, Christmas specials playing in the background. Its just magical.

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Julie G December 16, 2011 at 6:00 am

We love all the activities our church has for Christmas. One of the favorite activities is the “Happy Birthday Jesus” party.

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Natalie December 16, 2011 at 6:01 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the huge Christmas Eve dinner we spend with my entire family. This year, I’m a newlywed spending my first Christmas with my husband and we’re looking forward to starting our own holiday traditions this year.

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Susan K December 16, 2011 at 6:01 am

AWESOME! I am entered – good luck to me – with the Christmas spirit – EVERYONE —>> good luck. Favorite tradition — our ham and all the fixings for Christmas dinner and attending my husband’s family gathering Christmas evening. Two – traditions a must each year.

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Abbie December 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is making s’mores in our wood burning fireplace on Christmas Eve… it is a lot of fun and the kids love it! Thank you such a lovely giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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Becky M December 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

one of my favorite traditions is decorating our tree. Most of our ornaments have come from our travels and it’s fun to relive those memories as we hang everything!

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Dee December 16, 2011 at 6:04 am

I’m really excited for this giveaway! I love eating & opening presents all night on Christmas Eve. We’re all dressed up when we get to my sister’s house and by morning we’re in our PJ’s & half asleep but it’s always fun!
Thanks so much for the giveaway! Merry Christmas to you, Kevin, Miley & Howie!

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Alicia M December 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

I love this giveaway!
My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies–candy cane cookies are always the most popular–while listening to Christmas music. Of course, this would be even better with a hot cup of coffee…

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Grace December 16, 2011 at 6:07 am

I am just grateful to have family celebrate together. Thank you for this lovely opportunity to win!

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Ashlee December 16, 2011 at 6:08 am

We always go see a movie on Christmas Eve! Even though we now live in different states, we still keep the tradition alive! This year we are going to see the Muppets!

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Jaime December 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

My favorite tradition is to attend the midnight candlelight service at our little Swedish church in town. The service is done in traditional Swedish. Love it!

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Laura Potts December 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

A keurig is on my wish list this year!! My favorite holiday tradition is picking out the Christmas tree. We go to the same family owned nursery every year–the smell is amazing, Christmas music is blaring, and the mood is always so festive and happy:)

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emily December 16, 2011 at 6:10 am

As always, another great give away Amanda! I LOVE the Keurig! Being Jewish we have a twist on the holiday traditions, my mother always has a latke party and we invite friends and family to eat, exchange gifts, hang out and play dreidel. On Christmas eve and sometimes Christmas day I go out for Chinese food. When I was in high school and college, my bestie and I would go to the movies on Christmas day. Now, working in aviation, I volunteer to work Christmas day so my gentile co-workers can enjoy the day with their families.
I hope I win! Amanda – I wish you and Kevin a wonderful and magical holiday!

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erin December 16, 2011 at 6:10 am

Homemade fried dough in the morning for breakfast, seeing the excitement on the kids faces, just enjoying each others company for the entire day.

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tamara December 16, 2011 at 6:11 am

Ever since I got married and had kids, our traditions for the holidays have changed a gazillion times! Last year we put our foot down about which family gets us Christmas Eve and which one on Christmas Day (dinner Only!), and for the first time we got to stay HOME on Christmas morning! We made monkey bread for breakfast and scrambled eggs, us adults had it with coffee. YUM! So that’s our new Christmas morning tradition. We’re looking forward to the monkey bread this Christmas!

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Dale @ Tradeurbeads December 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

My favorite tradition is Christmas morning having a breakfast of lox, bagels and the trimmings in honor of the Jewish side of the family.

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Melody♪♫ December 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

mmmmmmmmmmmmm — coffee? I smelled it a mile away! (Thank you & Millstone for the giveaway, BTW.)

My absolute favorite tradition is snuggling with the hubs under the freshly decorated tree after the boys are in bed & the dogs are quiet for the night. (I also enjoy sitting by it in the morning with a cuppa when no one else is up…)

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Stacy December 16, 2011 at 6:13 am

We go for a Christmas morning walk in the brisk weather–a lovely time be active and be together.

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Tracy Hunt December 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

Maybe not the favorite tradition but I really enjoy watching bits and pieces of A Christmas Story as it is played many times over the holidays. We never watch it all at once!

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Brittney December 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

We always go to church on Christmas Eve and then my whole family gets together for a Christmas Eve party!!!

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Lynne December 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, then watching everyone open gifts

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Chelsi December 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the Christmas Eve church service and ending the service with a candle-lighting and singing ‘Silent Night’. I look forward to this every year!

:)

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Jodi December 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

My favorite Christmas family tradition was always putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks for the chance to win =).

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Caroline T December 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

Family is the best tradition! But my other favorite is going to the tree farm to pick our Christmas tree.

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Lynnet December 16, 2011 at 6:17 am

Growing up, my mom would always let us choose a Hallmark ornament to hang on the tree. We always looked forward to seeing what new ones they had and what we would choose. Today, we carry on that tradition with our kids and it is something everyone looks forward to.

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Lauren December 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

We always opened up a brand new set of (omg, matching) Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve…my mom would always wash them before wrapping, so we’d open them then put them on for the night. We’d all wake up in our matching family Christmas pajamas and take a photo on Christmas morning. Wow, that sounds really nerdy as I type this…but I love it! :)

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Susan December 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

I read “The Cajun Night Before Christmas” every year. It’s been 27 years that I’ve read it, with only one year that I missed.

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Nicole G December 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

My favorite holiday tradition is to wrap presents into the wee hours of the morning on Christmas Eve while watching classic movies: Meet Me In St. Louis, A Christmas Carol, The Bishop’s Wife, Christmas In Connecticut, etc.

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Gail December 16, 2011 at 6:21 am

My favorite holiday tradition is watching my daughters make the gingerbread house on Christmas Eve. They’re now 18 and 22 years old and when they’re both home for Christmas, they still make the gingerbread house together. My oldest daughter is expecting my first grandchild early next year so I’m hoping that in years to come, she (yes, it’s a girl) will be the first of a new generation to make the gingerbread house on Christmas Eve.

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Janet December 16, 2011 at 6:21 am

My husbands’s birthday is on Dec 20th and the kids and grandkids come over (10 of them) to help him celebrate. We let the grandkids open their xmas gifts from us on his birthday so we can watch each and everyone of them one at a time. This way we all enjoy their happy smiles and squeals of delight.

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Terri December 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

Hi Amanda!

This would be so awesome. With just two of us and me only able to drink decaf, this would be ideal!

When my kids were still kids at home, my mom and dad got them a Christmas ornament each year. Now that I have a grand-daughter, I plan to do the same thing. And, my son suggested that I decorate a grandkids tree with his childhood ornaments.

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Karen December 16, 2011 at 6:23 am

We let our kids invite non-Jewish friends over for Hanukah dinner, lighting the menorahs and to play dreidel. They love to share this experience.
Thanks for this and all your great give-always!
Happy Holidays!

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beth December 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

My favorite Christmas tradition comes from my childhood. We lived in Hawaii until I was 5, and my parents always played an album of Christmas carols sung in Hawaiian while we decorated the tree. Years of play scratched up the record and then of course, the record player went the way of the dinosaurs. One year I found the cd online and burned copies for everyone for Christmas. Now even at almost 43, listening to that cd is the only way for me to know it’s finally Christmas again.

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Diana Ferguson December 16, 2011 at 6:25 am

My favorite family tradition is a visit from the “real” Santa on Christmas Eve. He usually arrives after we have had our evening meal. It’s still so thrilling for me to hear that knock on the front door. Then to watch the little ones’ eyes light up—priceless. We started this when our children were young and continue it today for our grandchildren! Merry Christmas!

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Helen Boivin December 16, 2011 at 6:25 am

I get together with my cousins every year to make pierogis for our Christmas Eve celebration. It’s a wonderful bonding experience.

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melissaf December 16, 2011 at 6:27 am

My favorite christmas tradition is christmas eve church service followed by dinner and opening one gift. We read christmas books and go to bed.

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Lois Hartwell December 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

We only have one hard and fast tradition – on Christmas Eve we go to church, then out to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant, and finally we drive around to look at all the pretty Christmas lights! But this year we have to change it up a bit b/c there is no Christmas eve service; we are having church Christmas day. Guess we’ll have to go with the flow!

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Joelle December 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

Ever since a was a young child, my father would read T’was the Night Before Christmas on Christmas eve. As my brother, sister and I grew older and had children of our own, we still would show up at our parent’s house for the reading. The tradition continues today even though the grandchildren, all eleven of them, range between the ages of 11 and 18. I am so grateful to have my family close by. I already have a Keurig (and LOVE it so much) but, if I’m lucky enough to win, would offer it to my sister who I know would love it as much as I do.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

We have quite a few. We typically kick off the season by going to a candlelighting ceremony at a victorian village about 90 minutes away.

We love to drive around looking at Christmas lights for the those who put them up. (Is it me or are people just too lazy to string lights anymore? LOL)

Our “dating anniversary” is the 23rd and sometimes we celebrate, sometimes we don’t. This is a celebration year since we’ve been together 20 years. (Met when we were 17 and 19)

Then the 24th is my favorite day of the year and our Christmas with my mom where we do a big appetizer spread and listen to Christmas music from my childhood and fight off a food coma. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose.

Christmas Day we wake up, look at each other and ala Fuller from Home Alone 2 say “it’s Christmas mornin’ man!” jump up, grab each others presents out of the closets and eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Then off to my aunt’s house to see my mom and her sisters and grandma and the youngun’s that have sprouted up the past few years. My favorite cousins will sit up in the dining room with us as we survey the madness and open our gifts in secret instead of going by age because we’re rebels like that. :-)

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Helen Ernst December 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

I am married with 2 boys. And every year he, the boys and my husbands friends and thier boys go out Christmas shopping. Loved watching them get so excited. My boys are are now 21 and 17. The shopping trip has now turn more into the guys all getting together to go out to dinner. But they ALL still get excited.

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Fernie December 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

Thank you for having the contests!!!

my favorite tradition or’s is going for chinese food on Christmas eve, going to look at the christmas lights too.

also on Christmas morning the first person to find the pickle ornament gets a prize. so everyone is searching…

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Leia December 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is sitting sleepy eyed watching my son in awe of the gifts Santa brought and being so thankful for everything he received. Seeing the pure joy on his face is like nothing else.

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Tracy S. December 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

YAY for COFFEE!!!! :)))

Favorite Holiday Tradition: Loading up the family (husband and two kids) and driving around to look at the Christmas yard decor (lights, figurines, etc…) and then awarding our favorites with certificates, candy canes and Starbucks gift cards! 5 awards are given (Tastefully Tacky, Neighborhood Gem, It’s a Holly Jolly Christmas Display. ect…)

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Ashlee December 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

My family has started the holiday tradition of playing the game Just Dance. Each Christmas day our family comes over and we all play and laugh and have fun! It’s awesome!

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Kristin December 16, 2011 at 6:35 am

My son was born in September so I’m implementing a new tradition this year – matching family pajamas! It’s definitely dorky but I can’t wait to see my husband’s face when he opens a box with red plaid pi’s for him, me, our baby AND our dog.

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Maria December 16, 2011 at 6:35 am

My favorite Holiday tradition is having our entire family together to open gifts on Christmas Eve while dining on appetizers and desserts!

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Barb December 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

When I was growing up I always went with my family to Christmas Eve services at church and that is a tradition that my own family continues. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize!

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Dot Rutherford December 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

Attending our Christmas Eve candlelight service at our church, baking some “once-a-year” sweet treats, and just being able to spend a few hours with family and friends catching up on life! :)

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Sabrina Kent December 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

My favorite tradition is waking up on Christmas Day with just me and the husband and having a nice relaxing breakfast together before the hectic day begins.

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Helen Sturgeon December 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

What a perfect gift for those of us who enjoy tasting different flavors and types of coffee! Our favorite Christmas tradition is making Gingerbread “people”. When my daughter, Kelley, was tiny, she would only visit MRS Santa so it followed that we made Gingerbread Men AND Women (and children) at our house! As soon as she could stand on a chair in the kitchen beside me, we baked and decorated hundreds of these guys! The neighbors and our friends were delighted with our creativity! Now she has a 15 month old daughter, Emmie, and is excited to pass this tradition along to her!

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samantha December 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

Christmas Eve is usually just us. We make and decorate cookies for Santa, a birthday cake for Jesus, go to church, and my kids come home to a Christmas book and jammies under the tree. We order and pizza and just hang out together before we travel to spend time with family the next day.

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Ellen Goodman December 16, 2011 at 6:38 am

I love going to church and then spending the day watching my children open their gifts. I love seeing the smiles on their faces on Christmas morning.

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Diana December 16, 2011 at 6:38 am

When our family gathers at my parents’ house for Thanksgiving Dinner… after dinner the “girls” (my mother, myself and my 2 sister’s) get out the Christmas tree/decorations/stockings and get the house decorated for mom for the Christmas holiday. We play Christmas music and spend some great time together while the guys hang out in the other room. LOVE that time together getting into the Christmas spirit! :)

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Jules December 16, 2011 at 6:38 am

Christmas isn’t Christmas without cookies. It was a tradition in my family to start baking right after Thanksgiving. Every year my Dad would say “why do you always make SO many cookies?” Yet, he was the one that enjoyed eating them the most! I always think of him every time I bake a batch.

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Angie December 16, 2011 at 6:39 am

We are starting new traditions now with two little ones who, for the first time, are understanding Christmas! But my all time favorite tradition that has been mine for years is making cinnamon rolls Christmas morning – and watching the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas parade!

Thanks for the great contest!

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Pam A. December 16, 2011 at 6:39 am

I would love to win this! I know many people that would like this for a xmas gift :) My favorite tradition when I was a kid was getting woken up by my dad real early xmas morning to open up our gifts. Then we would get ready and head up to my aunt and uncles house to get together with all my family and open presents and have a huge dinner! My favorite tradition now is the trek that my husband, dog and I do on the 23rd of December. We pack up our stuff and drive the 14 hour car ride to South Carolina to see my mom and dad. We drive overnight to miss out on most of the traffic. I love it! Especially when we drive by Washington DC in the middle of the night and see it all lit up!

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amanda @ fake ginger December 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

We don’t have many traditions yet in my little family. One I do love is giving my boys matching PJs on Christmas Eve so they’ll match in all our Christmas photos. :)

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Sandi December 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

My favorite tradition is Christmas morning and just getting to open presents with my husband and son. Its amazing to watch my sons excitement and I remember being a little girl and sharing that same feeling of surprise and happiness.

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Rhonda December 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

I love love love my Keurig and would love to have one to gift my daughter! The best part is that I didn’t know that Millstone made the Kpacks, so I will look for those. I love Millstone and Hazelnut is my favorite too!

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Dawn December 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

We go to Christmas Eve service at our church and then watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a family while munching on some popcorn. It such a relaxing and enjoyable time!

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Debbie Garrett December 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

Every year for years My little sister and I would get together a few weeks before Christmas and make candy and goodies and we would make them wrap them and give them out to co workers, friends, church family. After a busy year of life, it’s so much fun to just spend a day with my little sister and make goodies and have fun! To keep the kids busy we would order take out pizza so no stop in candy making.

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Sally December 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is spending Christmas afternoon and evening with our extended family. It’s such a wonderful time to slow down and connect, not to mention all of the joyous gift-giving, and laughter. I treasure it.

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anita December 16, 2011 at 6:43 am

My favorite is making gingerbread boys with the kids on Christmas Eve :)

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Sonia December 16, 2011 at 6:43 am

We’ve lived all over the world so our Christmas has looked different every year and we hold loosely to traditions! Our favorite years are the ones we spent at an orphanage in Thailand where the traditions include birthday cupcakes for Jesus and a Christmas day team games competition- including climbing a greased pole, a messy relay race and the annual soccer match.

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Chelsea December 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

My fav christmas tradition is going to church christmas eve then doing our dinner and opening gifts : ) Love church and spending time with family!

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Lindsey December 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

What an incredible giveaway!!!
My favorite holiday tradition is spending the night before Christmas with my family. We start with opening our stockings, then eat a fancy dinner, and then continue on to the rest of the gifts, and finish the night with a game together :) Love this time of year! Happy holidays!!

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Susan December 16, 2011 at 6:45 am

What a great giveaway! Favorite tradition? Well, there are so many…. like going to pick out the tree the Thursday night after Thanksgiving and decorating it the next night, opening one gift on Christmas Eve (new pjs), baking cookies the week of Christmas, but my favorite is attending Christmas Eve Mass and then enjoying the night just the 3 of us having supper, watching a Christmas movie and thanking God for the gift of Jesus! Merry Christmas!

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Stephanie M December 16, 2011 at 6:45 am

Our favorite tradition is that we do stocking stuffers each Sunday during the month of December! It has been a great way to get us focused on the Christmas season and gives us great quality family time together!

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Maria December 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

I let my two kiddos open one present on Christmas Eve and it’s always fun Christmas jammies. Then we enjoy hot cocoa while getting Santa’s plate of cookies and glass of milk all ready. I’m so excited just thinking about it! haha – I love it just as much as they do!

Thank you for a chance to win this fab prize!

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Cindy Kington December 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

What a great giveaway! My most favorite traditions is being home with my family for Christmas. Having all 4 of the kids wanting to be with us celebrating Christmas together – nothing else matters but being together!

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Allison Troyer December 16, 2011 at 6:47 am

SNOWMEN! I have an obsession! And also starting with Thanksgiving, I feel the need to make my Maw-Maw’s cornbread dressing for every meal. YUM!

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Lindsay L December 16, 2011 at 6:47 am

We have a book that we read to our kids every December and it writes “Christmas isn’t all about the big, the bright, the new. Christmastime is about Jesus and the love He brought for YOU!”. Hopefully our children will pass this on long after we are gone….

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Marcie December 16, 2011 at 6:49 am

Mimosas on Christmas Eve morning!

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Michelle Frame December 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

I love being with my family at this time of year! It takes me back of being a kid again!!! :) Great giveaway…thanks for sharing with us girl! :)

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Heidi December 16, 2011 at 6:51 am

Favorite Xmas tradition is sitting on the couch after church on Xmas Eve with the fire going and just the tree lights on and a glass of wine, reflecting o life.

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Debbie December 16, 2011 at 6:51 am

AWESOME giveaway! Our favorite tradition is each year we get our children an ornament that pertains to something they loved that year. We love looking back at all the ornaments throughout the year.

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MELANIE WILLIAMS December 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

My favorite family tradition is everyone gathering at my mom’s house for Christmas dinner. Thanks for this opportunity. Merry Christmas!

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marla December 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

On Christmas Eve we go to church, then out to dinner, then home for an all family competition of Wii bowling – so much fun! Merry Christmas Amanda!

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Belinda December 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

Making candy, cookies and caramel corn with the family to share! Some of them we make 20 batches! Fun times! Merry Christmas!

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Lindsey M. December 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

What an awesome giveaway! I’ve been wanting a Keurig for the LONGEST time!

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Ashley Marie December 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!

My favorite Holiday tradition started when I was a kid and I hope to continue as we start a family of our own. My parents would take us to My maternal grandmother’s home for Christmas Eve. We would have a nice family dinner and then open one gift. That gift was always a new set of Christmas Jammies to wear that night before Santa came. In the morning, us kids would always pull out the great big coffee machine that had the extra large carafe and got coffee set up for all the other family members that were coming to our house for Christmas morning. For some reason, I always felt like we looked like little Christmas elves with our pajamas on scurrying about the kitchen waiting for my parents to get up.

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mary keating December 16, 2011 at 6:55 am

we go to church together on Christmas Eve and we have some sort of Italian food the night before Christmas (even though we are not Italian!)

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maureen December 16, 2011 at 6:55 am

Our holiday day tradition is having dinner with my mother-in-law and opening the first presents of the season on Christmas Eve with the boys.

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Karen December 16, 2011 at 6:56 am

We always have my grandmother’s coffee cake for breakfast on Christmas morning. This year, I hope to recreate her recipe for us to enjoy that morning (along with any candy in our stockings).

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Southern Gal December 16, 2011 at 6:56 am

My son-in-law told us last night that he didn’t have any traditions growing up and he was so thankful Rebekah had so many to pass along to their daughter, Nora. I think driving around town looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve and reading the Christmas story are my favorites. Of course, cookie baking and gingerbread house construction are right up there, too!
Thanks for the chance.

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Amanda Mae December 16, 2011 at 6:57 am

Great giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is making a thermos full of sweet hot chocolate and riding around for hours with my husband looking at Christmas lights :)

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Tiffini December 16, 2011 at 6:58 am

I would love to win a Keurig! My favorite family tradition is tough to pick because we have so many. I guess one of my favorites would be Christmas eve bundling up in jammies, piling into the car with hot chocolate in hand and blankets and riding through the light festival :)

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Deb December 16, 2011 at 6:59 am

We have a small family and we see each other often so on Christmas Eve we always try to do something different that we wouldn’t normally do when we are together to make our Christmas special. Although we havent done it in a few years, my favorite tradition was making Gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve. Everyone joined in on the fun, even the guys. It ended with a huge mess to clean up afterwards but everyone still talks about it today.

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Jan December 16, 2011 at 6:59 am

My favorite is riding around looking at Christmas lights with my family!

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

Our tradition is all decorating the tree together. Even though my sons are teenagers now we still do it. I know soon it might not be this way when they move out but for now I cherish it. Merry Christmas.

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KarlaJ December 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

My favorite tradition is going to the candlelit service at our church Christmas Eve and back to Moms for her famous shrimp-wiggle! When we were kids Dad would lay down under the tree and pick out one present for each of us to open. I think he enjoyed it even more than us kids! Thanks for the giveaway, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Kari December 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

It’s soo hard to choose just one!! Christmas is my most fav time of the year…family being together, the lights/decor, music, the joy on the faces of my children, celebrating JESUS the reason for the season….I love it all!!! Fav tradition is watching It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas, baking cookies, going to church for Christmas Eve service, unwrapping stockings on Christmas Eve, etc……I’ve got a long list!! Thanks so much!! :)

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Karie @ The HoB December 16, 2011 at 7:02 am

I always enjoy our Christmas Morning Breakfast. I also try something new, last year we had Blueberry French Toast Casserole and it was yummy!

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Lindsay Butler December 16, 2011 at 7:02 am

My favorite tradition is our advent calendar. My son is only 13 months old, but I know that in a short time he will understand, and be beyond excited.

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Cindy December 16, 2011 at 7:03 am

Each Christmas morning we take a picture of the kids waiting on the stairs in the jammies before opening gifts. It’s fun to see the look of excitement on their faces.

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Amanda U. December 16, 2011 at 7:03 am

We don’t have too many traditions, but my mom always gives me a big box with lots of small presents wrapped individually inside! It’s like having a second stocking.

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Colleen Dixon December 16, 2011 at 7:04 am

My favorite tradition is going to my sisters house on Christmas Eve with the kids to make cookies for Santa. People come and go all night and bring appetizers to share. :)

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Ana Burrows December 16, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hubby and I started one of our own: putting up the tree while listening to Christmas songs and having some nice hot cocoa and cookies.

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Debi December 16, 2011 at 7:06 am

My very favorite Holiday tradition is being with family and friends. Everyone pops in and out all day long for a visit. I cook and bake for days before.. Fun Fun Fun…. Love Christmas!!! Hope you have a wonderful one!! P.S. Oh, forgot to say…… I make cheese danish every Christmas morning… (my daughter waits for it to come out of the oven) YUM!!!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 16, 2011 at 7:07 am

favorite holiday tradition = to travel to Aruba with my family. We come here every year for the holidays and this is where Santa comes for our four year old. He makes it all the way down here every year, imagine that.

Great giveaway!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) December 16, 2011 at 7:08 am

my favorite tradition is just spending time with my family…i know that sounds really all-encompassing, but it’s all about eating together, walking together, cooking together and spending that time that makes it special!

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Francesca December 16, 2011 at 7:08 am

I love Christmas Eve at my parents’ house. We eat good snack food and open gifts. It’s been a family tradition all my life.

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Sara December 16, 2011 at 7:09 am

My favorite holiday tradition is spending a week up north with my entire family. On Sunday mornings, we all bundle up and ride snowmobiles to the local snowmobile club for a delicious pancake breakfast. So far, the weather hasn’t been cooperating here in Michigan, but hopefully there will be snow by Christmas!

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jessica December 16, 2011 at 7:09 am

Hi. For a few mins, I was struggling to think of what traditions my family has for Christmas, fearful that we really don’t have any. Reading through the comments made me realize my family is actually quite traditional at Christmas. We always attend the candlelight Christmas eve service at our church, followed by new pjs and a christmas movie. Christmas day is full if family and love, but before any gifts are exchanged, my dad reads us the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke in the Bible. Its easy to get distracted by the craziness of the season, but my favorite time of all is celebrating the true meaning of Christmas and what that means to my family. :)

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Christina R December 16, 2011 at 7:09 am

our tradition includes waking up early, opening the presents, having a glass of coquito (its a puerto rican thing), having breakfast, spending time together all day & going to the movies in the evening ! :)

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Monica December 16, 2011 at 7:09 am

Our tradition is having a delicious brunch on Christmas morning, with breakfast casseroles, fruits, Danishes, juices, etc! This Kurig would fit in perfectly! Thanks Amanda, Merry Christmas cutie!

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Teresa Kelman December 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

Traditions are important in these changing times. Love the early morning business of preparing Christmas meal after exchanging gifts.

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Candice December 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

My favorite holiday tradition is opening one present on christmas eve. we’ve been doing it since I can remember and is always the most fun thing for me and my sister to do even now that we’re in our 20s :) thanks for the chance to win!

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CHERIE MISTRETTA December 16, 2011 at 7:11 am

We have all the children (not many little ones these days) open two gifts from my Gramma on Christmas Eve, its always a toy or book and then a fresh new pair of pajamas to wear and have on for the big day, Christmas. I am doing this now for my boys 17 and 20 and they love it. New pair of jama pants every year with a cute theme and I even get myself a pair :) I have just started drinking coffee and I’m hooked would love this!!

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Steven December 16, 2011 at 7:11 am

Thanksgiving time is my favorite. We meet up at my mom’s, aunt’s, or sister’s for some great food and a good time. We typically watch Christmas Vacation. Then we have coffee and desserts.

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Donna December 16, 2011 at 7:12 am

I love having family over for an early dinner on Christmas Eve and then going to church, where we sing the beautiful hymns of Christmas!

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Lindsay December 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

When my husband and I got married we always struggled with Christmas Day because we had so many places to go and never seemed to have enough time to enjoy the day together. A few years ago we decided to open our gifts from each other on Christmas Eve, after going to our church’s service. We spend the entire day together and have made this “our” tradition!

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Jessica December 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

We love to load up in the car in jammies and drive to see Christmas lights. We have some great displays of “dancing lights” in our town!

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Rosalia December 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

The holidays can be hectic…we have 3 places to visit. No real tradition–I just enjoy time with my family and now my 1 year old son!

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beverly December 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

Everyone looks forward to the new ornament I give to them each year!

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CHERIE MISTRETTA December 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

We have all the children open two gifts from my Gramma one is a toy or book and the other is a new pair of pajamas. They love it and now I do it for my boys, 17 and 20 and I get cute themes. I even get a pair for myself so we all match! I have just started drinking coffee so this would be awesome, thank you!! Good luck to me :)

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Jae December 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

Our favorite family tradition is opening gifts on Christmas morning then enjoying a a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast, homemade cinnamon maple rolls, OJ, and coffee. It’s so comforting to be with the family during the holidays!

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Lauren December 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the one we started last year with our baby girl – simply staying home and waking up Christmas morning in our own house. Now that we have two young kids, it’s nice to have the time with just the four of us.

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers December 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

My favorite tradition is getting up early in the morning and making cinnamon rolls- the smell wafting through the house wakes everyone else up!

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Terri A. December 16, 2011 at 7:19 am

Not so many traditions anymore, but growing up, we’d go to midnight mass and then come home and Santa had come! We’d stay up until 3 or 4am and open gifts and then would all sleep in on Christmas morning.

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Andrea December 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

Our favorite tradition is listening to the Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving and baking the nut rolls! Merry Christmas

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Sue Carter December 16, 2011 at 7:21 am

My favorite tradition is baking sugar cookies with my kids. We use my Mom’s old cookie cutters from when I was little. Lots of frosting, sprinkles, colored sugars and of course tasting! Merry Christmas Kevin & Amanda.

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KellyM December 16, 2011 at 7:21 am

Even though it’s just my husband and me, I have a tradition of making a bunch of homemade pierogi which I share with both sides of the family on Christmas! I love the feeling of taking the time and making something that everyone enjoys.

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Sarai December 16, 2011 at 7:22 am

One of my all time favorite Christmas traditions is watching “Christmas Vacation”…over and over and over again! It never gets old and is just as funny now as it was the first time I saw it.
Thanks for offering such an awesome giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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Kelly M December 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

We have started the Elf on the Shelf at our house this year. The kids love it. My parents actually still give Santa gifts to us even though we are now grown. It was neat when my husband joined the family and noticed he had a ‘Santa’ gift under the tree. Now – 7 years later – he is excited for his ‘Santa’ gift.

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chelsea December 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

I love stockings. My family takes a lot of care in choosing gifts for stockings for each other. With a cup of coffee on Christmas morning, we all unload our stockings one by one and discuss every little nick nack. It is a fun way to let the gift giving linger…

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Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

We always have a yummy brunch-style breakfast Christmas morning and then all gather around to open gifts… and then we all pretty much take a nap in the afternoon! :)

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Angela December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

With 3 little girls, under 6, it’s amazing to see their creativity @ such a young age! December 1st marks the date our annual gingerbread house festivities, followed. Y the advent calendar and looking for Elfie (our elf on the shelf). It all leads up to tradition of traveling to Chicago to see their grandparents & family (and the candy cane of lights!). Love seeing it through their eyes!! Thanks for the opportunity.

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Sarah Baldukas December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

I am blessed that no matter how far away each family member lives, we are always together on Christmas Day. Our tradition is hold a home made Christmas dinner For the less fortunate. Noone should spend Christmas alone.

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Deborah Lancelotta December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

My favorite new Christmas tradition is going over my husband’s Grandparent’s house on Christmas morning where we all cram into the living room while all his little cousins tear into presents all at the same time. Paper flies everywhere! It is the happiest day of the year. Merry Christmas!

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Amanda Dawn December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

Christmas Eve is my Mother’s birthday. I’m not sure why but when I was young we started the tradition of opening all of our Christmas gifts (except our stockings and Santa’s gift) on Christmas Eve. Maybe my parents just liked to sleep in on Christmas morning while we played with our new toys. Now I am 28 and we still get together on Christmas Eve (with our spouses and grand children). We have a cake and let Mom open her birthday gifts…and then we tear into our own!
This works out well for me because as a married woman now, we spend time with my family and then we spent Christmas Day with his family. It works out so neatly. :)

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Ruth H. December 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

When my children were small, I started buying them an ornament every year to commemorate something special for them that year. They would get to open them on Christmas Eve after we got back home from spending the evening with family. They are now 27 and 20 and I still get them an ornament and continued the tradition with my grandson who is now 3! When they move away from home, they get to take their ornaments with them and have an already decorated tree for their new home.

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Ashley M. December 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

My husband and I buy an ornament each year to capture our year’s biggest moment. This year we have the Expecting in 2012 ornament!

Thanks for the Giveaway!

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Laura December 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

What a wonderful give away! My dad LOVES Millstone coffee better than any other brand. Our traditions have changed since losing my mom, but I treasure the time with my dad more now, and I am learning to enjoy creating new traditions.

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Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 7:28 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is making pierogies with my mom. We make them only one time each year and use a recipe that has been passed down in my father’s family for generations. It’s an all day affair and we make dozens upon dozens. I look forward to it each year.

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Jenna December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

Awesome giveaway! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is my mom’s delicious wassail she makes on Christmas Eve. Kinda like apple cider, but with a kick! :)

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pola katelu December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

i love to spend my time with family, especially mom and dad just because i love them so much! really love :*

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Jessica Burley December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

My favorite tradition is cookie baking! My family always dedicates a day to baking dozens and dozens of each persons favorite cookies. Then we bundle them up for friends and teachers!

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Courtney December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

My brother and I used to sit at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning until we were given the all clear to come down. We still do that, only now it’s with our spouses and my son, so it’s gotten a little more crowded up there!

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carol broughton December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is getting together with our good friends about a week before Christmas, having dinner together and driving through town looking at the beautiful Christmas lights!

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Monique December 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

My favorite tradition is when we sitting down as a family on Christmas Eve and read Twas The Night Before Christmas. Then we put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.

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Mallory December 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

my favorite tradition involved stocking stuffers in my family growing up, we always got an orange and apple but then we also got a toothbrush, floss and candy…odd but something my parents still do for us today…and I love it :)

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Susan December 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

Since we don’t have kids yet every year the hubby and I make a point to wake up in our own house and have “Santa” for just us. This time next year we’ll have a little one to share Santa with, but I’m hoping that we can still find a minute or two before the kiddo is awake to have our special alone time to enjoy each other.

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Jenn December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

Well my favorite holiday tradition is actually one that we don’t do anymore. But it still holds a special place in my heart and memories. I loved that every Christmas Eve my mom’s side of the family would get together and have Christmas together. We all went to church together and then we would head back to the house for hot ham and cheese sandwiches, sugar cookies, cheesecake, ect… It was great.

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Kathy Miller December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

My Mom, Sister and I would get together and make candy for the family. Now that we live apart we still do this every year.

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Amy (Peppermint Mocha Mama) December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

Every Christmas Eve, we gather up in the car in our pjs and drive around looking at everyone’s lighted decorations. When we get home, it’s time for a bit of cocoa and then the kids are put to bed… three hours or so later when they’re finally asleep, my husband and I can get down to the serious business of being Santa’s assembly line… lol.

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Amy F December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

I make Monkey Bread Christmas morning. The kids LOVE to wake up to the smell and look forward to it each year.

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Krissy December 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is to always leave cookies and milk for Santa and to sprinkle reindeer food on our front lawn. ;)

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Jeanne ODonnell December 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

My family owns a resort, so we alway work every holiday. We are closed on Christmas eve and Christmas day, so the whole family gets together on Christmas eve at my sisters! We always look forward to this holiday season.

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Kim Maddock December 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

Elf on the Shelf and unwrap a book every night in December to read…:)

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bakingblonde December 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

My family (parents, grandparents, siblings/kids) rent a limo and ride around neighborhoods drinking hot cocoa and looking at the lights. Since we all chip in it is not that expensive and it is great to all be in one big, toasty warm car!

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jane crawford December 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Although my family has several Christmas traditions, I guess my favorite would be that when my girls were babies, I started buying them matching Christmas pajamas that I give to them on Christmas Eve. They are now 24 and 20 and they are still wearing matching Christmas pj’s! One of the girl’s boyfriend is spending Christmas with us this year, and I even got him matching pajamas! I hope he doesn’t think I’m crazy!! Merry Christmas Kevin and Amanda!

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Becky December 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Thanks for the giveaway!

Our favorite tradition is spending Christmas Eve at my Granni’s. The whole family (all 25 of us!) gathers together to prepare the meal and spend time together. After dinner we exchange gifts and watch It’s A Wonderful Life. This is something we have done ever since I was a young child and now, watching my children enjoy the tradition just makes it that much more meaningful.

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Chrissy December 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Food is a big part of tradition for us. We make the same Christmas Eve dinner that my grandmother and mother made… shrimp salad, lobster bisque, popovers and lots of wine. Add family and any friends who are around and it’s perfect every year! I always feel extra blessed at the end of the evening. Merry Christmas!

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Angie @ Bigbearswife December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is my Christmas date with hubby

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Abigail December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

We have lots of traditions, but we read the old Tasha Tudor, The Night Before Christmas and open one early present Christmas Eve :)

Thank you for the lens post the other day! Very helpful even for a Nikon user :)

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Christie December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

Our Elf on the Shelf!! He’s our annual tradition and the kids love when he shows up on Thanksgiving!

Thanks! Christie

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Marcia December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

The tradition we had growing up was our mom would bake a cake and we would sing happy birthday to baby Jesus, Christmas morning, before opening our presents. A great way to remind us all what the day is really about.

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Mandy December 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is taking my kids to the Zoo to see the Festival of Lights. We have gone every year since my girls were really little and in strollers. Now they are old enough to invite friends and we make a day of it. I also love going out to my mom’s a few weeks before and we all decorate her tree. I love when my girls ask me about the ornaments…my mom still has all the ornaments from when my sister and I grew up. Christmas is by far by favorite holiday. I definitely get sentimental and shmoopy this time of year. This will be the first Christmas without my Papaw but I know he’s with us in spirit. And for coffee drinkers there really isn’t anything like the Keurig. Yum. My parents have one and it makes such a big difference in the flavor of coffee. MMMMmmmmmm..

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Fern S. December 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

Decorating the house. Family gatherings. Christmas pageants at Church performed by the children…The soft glow of the tree lights when all the other lights are turned off…Oh! and opening presents….:)

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Samantha K December 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

My favorite family tradition is on Christmas Eve night. We have these huge stockings that are filled with most anything you can think of and we take a hour or more just opening everything that is the stockings. Thank you for this giveaway!!!

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Beth December 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

We read “The Three Trees” every Christmas Eve as a family and all the kids open up their presents from the siblings!

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Annie December 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

After Christmas Eve mass, we always drive through a local neighborhood well-known for it’s outrageous holiday light displays. It’s one long street full of decorations and tackiness, and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it!

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Robin D December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

On Christmas eve everyone opens one gift. It is a pair of pajamas

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

My favorite holiday tradition is coffee cake on Christmas morning with my family. My mom always goes to one of our favorite local bakeries on Christmas Eve and picks up one of their coffee cakes. It’s always amazing and I look forward to it every year.

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Tiffanie December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

Our favorite tradition is the painting of the ornaments. My three kids get one unfinished ornament to paint, date, and then hang on the tree. They have so much fun doing this and seeing the ornaments from past years.

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Melanie December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

One of my favorites is White Elephant. My grandmother started it out with the usual funny gifts 20+ years ago and it has since evolved into a version with nicer gifts. Either way is great.

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Sara December 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

Baking Christmas cookies with mom and whatever sisters are local that year! This year it even snowed!

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Kim Ferland December 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is how we put the presents under the tree. We all gather together in the living room and we have a special bell. Each person takes a turn to go out of the room to get their presents for others to put under the tree. When they are ready to come in with the presents they ring the bell and everyone hides their eyes til the presents are under the tree. There is always lots of oohing and aahing when you open your eyes and see new gifts!

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Rene December 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

We go out to dinner and to the show with my sister and her family on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day at our house with our kids and grandkids! Happy Holidays!

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susan frommer December 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

Being at home with candles burning and my two Airedales by my side

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Denise P. December 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

I don’t celebrate; but I love coffee! : 0

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Kim December 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’m from Vietnam and we pretty much don’t celebrate Christmas in our country:(.BUt,i’m sick and tired of that “tradition” and i’m aming for inviting some friend of mine over in the 24th to cook a fun festuve meal.Anddd,on the 25th,a warm hearty meal with my family(cuz they’re busy on the 24th).Any ideas for the menu,Amanda?

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LinhC December 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

We’ve been trying to cut down on our coffee intake, so brewing a big pot of coffee is wasteful. My hubby’s been asking if I wanted one of these Keurig Brewing system so that we can make single cups of coffee.

One of our Christmas traditions is watching A Christmas Story together as a family.

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Beth Gupta December 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

Thanks for the chance to play! :)
As my husband took us away from our home of Alabama a few years ago, our holiday tradition has become flying back in for the holidays. :) It’s always so fun to anticipate seeing our loved ones and being back home for a few days!

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Michele V December 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

…getting up real early…(shhh….) and filling all the stocking….then watching everyone check out their stockings while we enjoy our coffee at 6 am! wouldn’t have it any other way!
Thanks for a chance to win – Merry Christmas to you & Kevin & you know who else!
Cheers!

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Melissa December 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

we go to the same Christmas tree farm every year and choose our tree. My son loves choosing the tree and helping to cut it down. He also always remembers the candy canes the owners give to the kids!

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Patricia December 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

Years ago I had a little 4 pound toy poodle, she was very spunky and loved Christmas. After we had set the table for our Christmas dinner we were all cooking and finishing up preperations when we were stopped in our tracks with my little Sheba running across the kitchen with the whole stick of butter in her mouth. She had gotten up on the table and snatched it off.

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thienkim December 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

In the 24th,my family would spend the day preparing for our special dinner.I love it when we sit together in the living room,drinking hot choco or eggnog,just simply chatting.I love those little moments.

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Shelle December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

We go out for dinner and to a Christmas Eve service with our children and their grandparents and then drive around to see Christmas lights.

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Rachel M December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

My favorite holiday tradition is getting up early and turning on the “yule log” on tv and opening presents with my sister like when we were young (we’re both way too old to be doing that any more), but it’s still lots of fun!

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Amy K December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

I love cutting our tree…the kids’ cheeks are rosy, hot cocoa awaits and hopefully no one argues as to which tree to choose!!

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Erin N. December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

Oh my! What a great giveaway! I love to bake cookies with my boys 10, 5 and 4 and now my daughter (7 months) will be included…then after cookies are baked and decorated, we enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before going out to see Christmas lights. When we get home we pop popcorn and all snuggle up with blankets and pillows and watch a holiday movie together. Thanks for the chance to win! Happy Holidays! :)

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Gail December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

Every year we make a gingerbread house, at least one, maybe more. It started about 30 years ago and my holiday isn’t complete until I have made a house!

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Brandi Smith December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

Wow! What a great give away! So many traditions….but I have to say my favorite is candle light service at church on Christmas Eve. It’s a beautiful way to come together with your family and reflect on your blessings in a reverent way.

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Kelli December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

This year is the first Christmas my husband and I will be celebrating away from all family thanks to a cross country move. It’s also our daughter’s first Christmas! We don’t have many traditions of our own yet but we’ve always given each other a new ornament in our stockings. I’m having so much fun this year doing new things with the baby and can’t wait to see what traditions she’ll remember when she grows up.

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stephanie December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

My husband and I love to watch the back to back showing of The Christmas Story. Love that movie!

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Lisa December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

As always – super cool giveaway.

I am starting my own traditions being that I am newly married, but my favorite growing up was baking with my Mom. I still do that today too! Love it!

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Glori December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

Our favorite tradition is focusing on the giving of Christmas rather than the getting. We always pass the gifts out to the person “giving” them and them we begin with youngest. They get to give each one of their gifts and that puts the focus and joy on the giving rather than the getting. Even when my children were very small, just 2 & 3 years old, I would take them to the dollar store and let them pick out gifts for all their filt members and they paid for it out of their own banks.

To this day, they are now 21 & 18, my children are tremendous givers all year long. I believe that this tradition had something to do with that!

As far as the Kuerig goes, if I win it will be a gift for my very wonderful in-laws who have been wanting one! Thanks for the chance, Amanda.

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Carla Minton December 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

First of all thanks for this opportunity! I have made a tradition with my 3 children that I get them each jammies for Christmas but I let them open it on Christmas Eve night, and they get to wear them to bed. They just love this. They look forward to it every year!

Carla

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alyssa manno December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

My favorite holiday tradition is attending my friend’s gingerbread house decorating party. She bakes 18 houses, assembles them and has them waiting for us to decorate when we arrive. We choose from every kind of candy imaginable! Spending the day with my girlfriends, decorating, eating, drinking…sooo much fun!

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Meg December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

My favorite Holiday Tradition is ice skating!!

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Susan T December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

Open presents with my family after dinner on Christmas Eve. My grandmother loved Christmas, and never could wait for Christmas morning to open her gifts. In her honor, we’ve continued the tradition for 50 years.

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Kyra December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

One of my favorite holiday traditions from when I was growing up (and continue today with my own children) is waiting to open Christmas presents until after breakfast is done and dishes are clean. Then we all sit down and hand out presents one by one so everyone can appreciate the gifts they are getting and see what everyone else is getting too. It helps build anticipation and fosters patience in the kids. (Although we do get to do stockings as soon as we get up!)

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Eli Ruggles December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

We get up on Christmas morning and open presents at home, then pack up and travel to be with family for the rest of Christmas Day.

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Christy F December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

I absolutely love going around and seeing the Christmas lights

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Elizabeth December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is a antique crystal candlestick for each family member in the middle of the table signifying the light of Christ in each of us. Our table glows with the light and love!

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Analisa W. December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

I love everything about Christmas. One of our favorite traditions is driving around to look at all the Christmas lights in our nearby neighborhoods. Our young children especially love it. My friends and I also sponsor a needy family for Christmas and we all love to go shopping for their gifts.

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stacey December 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

We watch a movie and enjoy our family. Coffee and hot chocote and cookies.

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Candy December 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

My favorite tradition is just spending time with my family and baking. I also love putting up the tree together and decorating for Christmas.

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Darla December 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

What a fabulous giveaway! One of our traditions is eating brunch together on Christmas day.

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Charlotte December 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

We go to the Christmas program at church on Christmas Eve. We open gifts on Christmas morning, followed by a big dinner with all the family!

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Tracy December 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

My grandmother gave us a stocking holder with numbered blocks to count down the days until Christmas. Every morning when my son gets up, the first thing he does is change the blocks to reflect the correct number of days until Christmas. It’s a little stressful for me to see how few days I have left to finish up my shopping, but it’s so funny to hear the sound of those blocks being switched around at 6:10 a.m. every morning!!!

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Heather December 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

One of my Best Christmas Memories is finding out that My mom was Brest Cancer free right before Christmas. And then I felt I was then free to Try to get Pregnant knowing that she would now be by my side to share with me the wonderful experience of being a grandma. We had a Christmas party on Christmas eve and the song “Christmas Shoes ” came on and my mom and I held each other and cried throughout the song. My sister in-law said “what is wrong with you? Are you pregnant?. Sure enough I was….. So thankful that I can say she still does not have cancer.

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Alex December 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

One of my favorite traditions we’ve been doing for the last 7 or 8 years has been drawing on paper plates what’s happened the past year (what was most important to us) and then passing it around to each other. This way we can really appreciate all that’s happened in only one year – usually quite a lot!

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Amanda Smith December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is still sleeping at my parent’s house Christmas Eve with my two older brothers (even at the ages of 23, 27 & 31) and waking them up at the crack of dawn to open presents.

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Lauren December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

My favorite holiday tradition is one my in-laws introduced to me. We have a birthday cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas Eve. It’s a very special time for us.

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Melissa Jones December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

We started making Gingerbread people every year with our daughter. It’s been fun to include other parts of the family in this tradition and watch cousins get into the fun of decorating the cookies.

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Katherine December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

This is our first Christmas with our 6-month old son so we are starting new traditions this year for our little family. After Christmas Eve dinner at my grandmother’s, we will come home and open one gift (Christmas pajamas), read The Night before Christmas and The Christmas story, and have all of the granparents over for breakfast the next morning to see him open his gifts!

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Elizabeth December 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

On Christmas Eve, all the family, and any neighbours or friends, are together for a seafood extravanza. My father would only eat fish for Christmas Eve supper as he would be partaking in Communion at midnight. When my children were born (30 years ago), I moved the Christmas Eve festivities to my house. The fish dishes remained but grew over the years in both numbers and deliciousness; shrimp, scallops, cod au gratin, salmon, etc but with non fish appetizers and sides.

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Emily December 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

I just love that our whole family gets together all in one place! And looking forward to new traditions next year with our first baby :-)

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Linda December 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

Merry Christmas to you guys! My favorite Christmas tradition is attending the Christmas Eve Service at church with the whole family! The season is so hectic and that brings the focus back to the right place before the fun of exchanging gifts.

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Andra December 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

We always read the Christmas Story from the Bible and have a short devotional prior to opening gifts (we always get our stocking first though), usually reflecting on the past year.

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Kathy December 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

My favorite tradition is attending Christmas Eve church service, and then on the way home, driving through the different neighborhoods to admire their decorations.

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Michelle December 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

My mom and I always have a day of baking right before Christmas and put together goodie tins for all of our family and friends. It is so fun and brings back so many good memories. Looking forward to it this year!!
Merry Christmas!

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Melissa L December 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

We always watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Christmas eve… So much fun!!

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Hollie H. December 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

My favorite holiday tradition as a child was to decorate cookies with my sisters and mom. Now that I have a child of my own, we are still continuing this tradition!

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Cindy December 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

My favorite holiday tradition is decorating Christmas tree cookies made from green tinted dough. We never seem to have any left after we’ve made them, however!

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Liz F December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

As a family tradition we always make tamales Christmas eve. Spending time making them and with each other is always the best!

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Danielle R December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

My family and I make potato pancakes from scratch and almost always fill the kitchen with smoke from burning bits. It’s not the holidays without a faint smell of burnt potato pancakes and oil at home :)

Happy Holidays!

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Lisa Y. December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

My favorite tradition has become the fact that I get to stay home with my kiddos for either all or the majority of their Christmas break from school and we get to do nothing if we want – stay in jammies, eat popcorn and play with all of their Christmas stuff. Nice break!

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tiffany ibarra December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

I love Christmas! My family has lots of traditions that we do every year -wassail, dance party, lots of eating – but I think this year will be the best! Our son – my parents first grandchild – will actually be awake this year! He was just weeks old last year and slept through the whole day! We are a family of musicians and we love to play and sing Christmas music and praise songs. The baby will even be involved as he is a born drummer….much to his parents chagrin!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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Marissa December 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Baking Day with my mom. We write out a plan and then spend a good 8-10 hours making a variety of candies, cookies, breads, and bars to give to loved ones and the widows/widowers at our church. marissaebeling@gmail.com

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Anna December 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

Christmas morning is my favorite tradition – my mom has always loved it and I think she passed that along to me.

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Bernadette J. December 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

I love waking up early to prepare a scrumptious brunch that we all devour.

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Kasie December 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

I actually don’t have an official holiday traditions. I’d like start having an annual cookie decorating competition.

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Ali December 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

My favorite tradition is when we all gather around the tree and my dad reads the Chritmas story. I look forward to it even as an adult.

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Jodi Krautkramer December 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

Our tradition is to always go to Christmas eve Mass. After that well all head up to our beds, and then we wait for Santa to arrive. We know when Santa came and gone because he rings his sleigh bell, then we all run down stairs and enjoy the lights of our Christmas tree, sweet trees, and smooth beverage as we open our Christmas Presents.

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Cathy E December 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

As kids, we all had to wait on the steps, lined up in age order, before we could race to the tree together to see what Santa had brought. I love looking at the photos that spanned the years, especially when we started adding in spouses and our own kids to the photos. Wish we had the camera lenses you talked about yesterday – we needed them! We made our two kids do the same, though it didn’t have quite the same feeling as with my 7 siblings!

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vicki December 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

Going to Christmas Eve candle light service. I love the Christmas hymns.

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Ashley F December 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

I love the build up and anticipation to Christmas. My tradition however is waiting till the last second to finish my xmas shopping haha.

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Renée December 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

Every Christmas holiday we take the kids to the zoo to see the lights and Santa. Thank you for the chance to win!

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hope December 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

Going to church on Christmas eve and then having a party afterwards at my parents’ house! It’s fun to stay up late because then Christmas morning comes so much faster!

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Dawn December 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

Decorating the tree..I have many Hallmark ornaments collected over the years and it is always fun to unbox them and tell the story again of why they were purchased.

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Corrie December 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

Oh my. Love Christmas morning with coffee & sweet rolls, reading the {REAL} Christmas story, then opening gifts {we draaaaag it out!} and enjoying our loot and each other. Next year, our baby boy should be here, so I know it’s only going to get more special!

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Jessie Kay December 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

Spending time with family … seeing my kids happy and having fun!

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Bridget =) December 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

my favorite tradition is taking my daughter to see a performance of the Nutcracker! =)

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Elise December 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

We always have a nice big brunch on Christmas with (is this weird?) fried Spam. It’s a tradition. :)

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kc December 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

I love driving around on Christmas Eve with my honey, and looking at Christmas lights.

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Yvonne December 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

A favorite holiday tradition that I grew up with was my grandmother spending the night at our house on Christmas Eve and being there to see all the great stuff Santa left for us. Now, my mother spends the night at our house to be with the girls and see what Santa brought them. And she gets the girls great Christmas PJs to wear to bed that night. It is a fun time to share.

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Renee December 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

What a fun giveaway. I would love to give one of these to my mom. My favorite part about the holidays is staying in my pajamas all day and eating lots of yummy food with my family!

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Debby December 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

Our favorite Christmas traditions have to do with food. I only make caramels at Christmas, and I also make special cookies only for certain holidays. It’s all about the food!

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Mandy December 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

Christmas breakfast is my favorite tradition.

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Jan December 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

I love to bake cookies and candies with my daughters and grandchildren. Watching those serious little faces while they are decorating, dipping, or stirring. There is nothing like it, and it’s over too soon.

Thanks for the chance on the giveaway. Merry Christmas from AL

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Patricia December 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

My favorite holiday tradition is spending time with my family.

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Maggie December 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

My favorite tradition is going to my aunt’s for brunch with extended family. I live hours away and don’t get to see them much, so that’s my real gift every year. Thanks for hosting this contest!

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Lauren @chigallauren December 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

My favorite holiday tradition is waking up at the crack of dawn at my mom’s house to open presents with her, my brother, and for the last 3 years my boyfriend. Its just us in our pjs and I love it!

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LM December 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

Our Christmas day activities:

Wake up and open presents at home -> go to my sister-in-law’s house for breakfast and open presents -> go to in-laws’ house to open presents -> go to my parents’ house to have lunch and open more presents -> go to grandparent-in-laws’ house to have dinner and open more presents.

Whew! We are tired by the time we get home but I love it — mainly because I don’t have to cook a thing all day! :) Haha.

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Mary in Minneapolis December 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

One of my favorite traditions is baking cookies from my dear Grandmas’ old swedish recipes. Time consuming and putsy, but everyone loves the effort and the fond memories they evoke~

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Ashley Dantic December 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

I so love your websight and feel like the dogs are good friends of mine! Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

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Erin B December 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

What a great giveaway! :) This is our first Christmas with our eight month old baby boy, I’m so excited!

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Jenna Lucas December 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

My favorite holiday tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve and returning home to find Santa has graced our family with his presents! On the way home my dad used to always say… “I think we should go look at lights before we go home!” just to get a reaction from my sister and me.

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ABC December 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

Wow! What a great giveaway! My favorite childhood Christmas tradition was spending Christmas Eve with my dad’s side of the family at my grandparents’ house. We had all sorts of awesome finger foods, would watch the Andy Williams Christmas Special (on VHS!), and play games. We were never allowed to open presents until dark, so we kids would always have an eye on the window and try to convince the adults that really, it’s dark enough now to get started! As we would load up all of the presents to go home, we’d watch they sky to try and see Santa’s sleigh. I swear, a couple of years we really did see him fly by!

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Jenny December 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

It’s our first year with a baby so I’m looking forward to creating traditions with him. But my favorite tradition from my childhood (and one that we’ll start with our son) is getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve!

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Kate December 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

We always have Chinese take-out or pizza for Christmas Eve dinner, so that the cooking can wait until Christmas day and we can just spend time together.

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Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl December 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

Woo hoo!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!!! This is going to sound weird…but my favorite Christmas tradition is having Chinese Food on Christmas Eve…we’ve done it since I was a kid and it’s always something I look forward to…

Have a wonderful weekend!

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alisa beth December 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

What a GREAT giveaway — and what GREAT fun it is to read everyone’s favorite traditions. There are a lot of good ideas there!

My favorite childhood tradition was to order Pizza Hut, put on our Disco Noel record, and decorate our Christmas tree!

My favorite tradition as an adult with a family of my own is making a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas Eve as a family…and then enjoying it on Christmas Day!

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Althea December 16, 2011 at 8:17 am

My favorite Christmas tradition that my mom started is waking up to Mahalia Jackson’s -Happy Birthday to You, Our Lord. My mom would blast this song Christmas morning as we were all getting out of bed and before opening our presents. I spend Christmas with my sister and her family and we do the same with her daughters. It’s a beautiful song : ) Merry Christmas!

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Kelley Statham December 16, 2011 at 8:17 am

My mom always makes a Breakfast casserole on Christmas morning. It bakes while we open presents in our pajamas. Then we eat and play with our new things all morning. I love how laid back and relaxed it is!

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Leah B December 16, 2011 at 8:19 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas eve dinner [we do a big dinner that night instead of on Christmas day] and then sitting around the fire. I can’t wait!

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Linda December 16, 2011 at 8:19 am

We need a new coffee maker! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Cindy December 16, 2011 at 8:19 am

Now that the kids are older, Presents are opened on Christmas Eve and everyone sleeps in Christmas morning, Aaaahhh after being awaken at ungodly hours in the morning, we finally sleep in. Although I kinda miss those little ones!
Dear Santa, I really want a Keurig for Christmas, I have been a good girl! Love Cindy

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Emily December 16, 2011 at 8:19 am

Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning! Mmmmm, with a good cup of coffee, that’d be wonderful!

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Susan December 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

On my mother’s side of the family, we all meet for a holiday meal one week before Christmas. We always have a “different” meal such as lasagna, or enchiladas…never turkey or ham! We do a Dirty Santa gift exchange that people will plan for all year. But the most anticipated part of the event is the ….GAME. A different game is planned each year. Everyone wins a prize but the knowledge that you were the big winner of the game is kept alive throughout the year. We are meeting this Sunday afternoon and everyone and I do mean everyone is excited. We have family members coming in from 150 miles away. No one misses this opportunity to be with family.

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Cheryl December 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

The first weekend in December every year for a long time now- my mother has taken our whole family to the beach for our family Christmas celebration. We spend some great family time and do lots of fun things. The annual cook-off gets a little competitive :) but always fun. And of course coffee is brewing all the time for all the adults. Nothing beats a good cup of joe and family time.

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Chris December 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

Our family traditions have changed significantly through the years. I now live pretty far from my family and only see them twice a year so my Christmas visit includes many new traditions. Usually my first few days of my visit are spent having an extended sleepover with my niece (gotta get in that girl time). We make a gingerbread house, watch as many Christmas movies as we can, go to the tea house and ‘do’ tea, get out nails done and on Christmas eve I always help her get all dolled up with special hair and (9 yr old appropriate) makeup. Christmas is all about family, family, family. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

My husband and I go get expensive holiday coffees and drive around to look at Christmas lights through town.

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Rose December 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

My favorite thing is lighting the candles at our church’s Christmas Eve service and seeing how beautiful the sanctuary is when everyones candle is lit.

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Trish December 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

I love having a bowl of mixed nuts (in the shell) on the kitchen table during the holiday season! When I was a child, my mom had a nut bowl that was a hollowed out tree trunk ,and in the center were drilled holes to hold the nutcracker and picks….it even had the bark on the outside! I have always wondered where she got that wacky bowl, but one of the most special holiday memories I have is sitting around the table cracking and snacking on those nuts, year after year.

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Amy Owen December 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

My favorite tradition (besides decorating the tree, making Christmas goodies, spending time with family) is setting up my nativity sets. My five-year-old daughter loves her Playmobil nativity and advent calendar but our favorite thing is finding the Elf on the Shelf each morning! She loves this.

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Beth December 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

We always watch the original Miracle on 34th Street on Christmas Eve.

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Jacqui December 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

My favorite tradition is spending time with the family on Christmas Eve watching Christmas movies!! We also drive around our area and look at everyones lights :-)

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Steffi December 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

Sneaking downstairs to get our stockings. Every year as a child we were given permission to get up anytime after 3AM and go get our stockings down from the mantle. My sisters and I would wake each other up and then go to one of our rooms and dump the loot. Such GREAT memories.

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Nancy December 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

Mmmmmmm I can smell the coffee brewing. Best smell of the day!!!

Thanks for the give aways!!! Hugs

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Nancy December 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

Oh and seeing the tree on Christmas morning with the presents wondering if you got what you wanted. Loved it!

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Judith December 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

Don’t have any holiday traditions to share, sorry. BUT, have lots of coffee ones! :) My favorite is to drag a small, one burner campstove down the beach, start a bonfire and watch the sun go down with a fresh perked mug of coffee. Love it! Thanks for the chance to win. This is an awesome giveaway – as always!

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Dalia December 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

Traveling to be with my family!

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Lisa Z December 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

Our holiday traditions are changing since my mother passed three years ago, so we are trying to begin some new traditions. Not sure what they are yet…

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Laura C. December 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

Watching White Christmas with string popcorn & cranberry garland for the tree :)

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April December 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

Oh I love Millstone!! We’ve been drinking it for the last two years and now we are having a hard time finding it locally! Anyways, my favorite tradition at Christmas is decorating the tree and seeing it all lit up for the first time of he season!

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Mitzi Cline December 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

We have an 18 month old and are starting some of our own traditions – one of which she receives a Christmas letter from Mommy and Daddy. She has definitely brought a new set of lenses for Christmas. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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Dianna @ Sincerely Me December 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

My favorite thing we do is the reading of the Christmas story before the kids open their presents. It is always a good reminder of what Christmas is really all about.

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Ms. Sew N Sew December 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

We always have eggs benedict for breakfast on Christmas morning, after we open presents and everyone puts on their new p. j’s!

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Heidi Gore December 16, 2011 at 8:27 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is to hang the hand embroidered advent calendar that my grandmother made over 40 years ago. I hang candy on each of the loops and my children pick the candy off of the corresponding day.

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D. Dallas December 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

My tradition is to be with family and enjoy the time together. I love your blog, it’s one I visit consistently!

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tracy s December 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

our family has a tradition of trying to stick all of our Christmas presents into one of the packages our gifts came in. no idea where it came from, but its always hilarious!!!

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kayleigh December 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

we have a fairly common tradition of opening one present on christmas eve and its always pajamas. yeah, we’re typical.

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Donia December 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

Taking many many pictures with my family and friends!

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kathy December 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

A tradition we started when our daughter was young is to watch Polar Express on Christmas Eve with all the lights off except the Christmas lights. Thanks for the chance to win.

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Nicole December 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is waking up Christmas morning and eating a big brunch with the family before we open gifts.

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

My favorite holiday tradition is going to the Christmas Eve service at church and then eating a dinner of appetizers. Cheeseballs, hot dips, spreads, vegetables and ranch dip, mmmm!

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Tamer December 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

Staying up late watching movies and ordering Pizza after midnight with my sisters!

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Lucy Lam December 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

My favorite holiday tradition is opening our presents on Xmas eve. The entire family gets together for dinner, and then we gather to open our presents. Watching the little ones get so excited, brings me great joy!!!

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Linh December 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

Christmas eve: walking through our neighborhood’s street with all the luminaries lit up. It is so beautiful against the snow.
Have a Merry Christmas Amanda:)

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Jennier December 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

Every year since my sons bith in 98 I have bought him a special ornament foe the christmas tree that is engraved with his name and the year so there are 13 special ornaments that we put on the tree and remember every year that we have celebrated together then one day he will take them and put them on his very own tree and add on hopefully when he starts his family.

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Andrea Nelson December 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

Our favorite Christmas tradition is reading the story of Jesus’ birth out of the Bible!

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Magda December 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

Baking cookies with my 2 daughters and playing with my granddaughter!

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Andrea Jeanette December 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

Our best tradition is spending Christmas day at home in our pajamas. Thanks for this great opportunity to win such a nice gift.

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Susan Kilmer December 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

We started this tradition eighteen years ago when my children BEGGED to open a gift on Christmas eve…so I knew they were getting Christmas pj’s and a book in the morning…so I grabbed those from under the tree and it was such a special way to spend the evening, reading their new books in new jammies…so every year it is a much expected, well anticipated time…this year we have a new addition – a son-in-law! The kids are 20, 22, and 24…hope he loves our tradition!

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Bhea December 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

We love visiting Santa every year. We always visit the same Santa, and it’s nice seeing the progression of the kids growing up every year in the pictures.

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Mostafa December 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

Watching Prancer with my nephews!

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Lisa H December 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

I married into a family that goes out and cuts down the Christmas tree. So far we’ve done it in rain, snow and sun. It’s really fun! The best year was when there was 5 inches of snow on the ground. We had a huge snowball fight and then found the tree.

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Karen December 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

on our family Christmas all the kids and grandkids come to our house and we all make breakfast, biscuits and gravy, egg casserole, cheesey hashbrowns, cinnamon rolls, and spending the day together playing games and etc and lots of COFFEE, I have a personal size Keurig and they about wear it out would love a big one– and Hazlenut coffee is the all time winner here, thanks for the chance of maybe winning one, Merry christmas to you!

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Tara December 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

I love sitting on the couch all snuggled in pajamas to read the Christmas story with my family.

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Amber Lewis December 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

I have always loved growing up at my parents house, we open one present Christmas eve and it is always Christmas pjs! That way we all wake up in the morning and are festive for the day opening our presents!

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Romina December 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

Since I can remember, I have spent Christmas day with my mom’s side of the family and New Year’s day with my dad’s. This has been a tradition that we kept even after immigrating to the US. I feel fortunate that we have family here in the US who we can gather with during the holidays.

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Diane December 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

We take a picture of our kids in the empty Christmas tree box! It’s funny to look at how much they have grown each year as they are having a harder time trying to fit in the box each year!

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Tracy December 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

As kids, we would stay up as late as we could Christmas eve, and wake up as early as we could Christmas morning. If our parents weren’t awake yet, we would sing carols to them until they got their sleepy little selves up!

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Tiffany Sanders December 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

My favorite Holiday Tradition is putting out all of my decorations and baking cookies for Santa with my girls!

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Julia December 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

My favorite? A bunch of family friends and my family get together to eat Chinese food together on Christmas Eve! We have mixed religious faiths, so it’s a fun thing to do together :)

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heather H December 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

I love to bake cookies and make homemade mini-pizzas with my daughters, sister and mom. I hope I win because I would give this prize to my dear mommy.

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Mikala December 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hi Amanda! I love your blog, photography and spunk!! My favorite tradition is fixing a bubble bread breakfast as baby Jesus’ birthday cake and singing happy birthday to Him with my kids. This was passed from my mom.

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Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life December 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

I think one of my favorite family traditions has be to getting and decorating the tree. Up until the last few years, we would always go and buy a pre-cut tree. The past few years, though, we have been able to get a Christmas tree permit and cut our own tree down. It is a great memory to share that with my husband and kids each year!

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Melissa December 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s and our secret santa exchange. Every year we all exchange names, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and then we exchange them after dinner. It is torture waiting for dinner to be done and the dishes cleaned so we can open presents!

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Amanda Bumgarner December 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

We do Secret Santa with my family too! I know what you mean about torture waiting to open gifts :)

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Lacey December 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

I always look forward to my grandmothers breakfast casaroll. She has made this every Christmas for as long as i can remember.

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Amanda Thompson December 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

My favorite holiday tradition is driving up into the mountains to pick out our Christmas tree and play in the snow!

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Kelly December 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is having a huge breakfast on Christmas morning with my entire family at my grandma’s. We’ve done it since we were born!

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Laura December 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

My husband and I got engaged over a homemade breakfast on Christmas Eve. It has turned into a great tradition to always make a big breakfast that day to kick off the festivities and remember that fun moment. I am a nurse and he still wakes up to make me breakfast if I’m working that day-and I leave a 6! Great guy, great memories, and a great tradition. Happy Holidays!

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Amanda Bumgarner December 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

Our traditions have started to change as my siblings and I have gotten older. But one thing we did every year is the 6 of us went to downtown Chicago to our favorite Italian restaurant, Maggiano’s. We get the same 3 dishes to share, and every year my mom gets mad at the waiters for trying to rush us. When we moved to Texas, my dad found a Maggiano’s in Dallas, so we’ve kept up the tradition by going there! This Christmas, I’m excited to bring my new husband along to experience it with us!

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Maureen December 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

Growing up we would come home from the late Christmas Eve mass and make a batch of warm chocolate chip cookies and leave them out for “Santa”. When we got older we all used it as a gossip session or just relating what was going on in our lives (I am the oldest of 7 siblings). Now that most are married we do this in our own families and when those of us who are able get together for Christmas.

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Tali December 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

I have had my eye on a Keurig! These things look awesome!

My favorite Christmas tradition is taking the kids to cut down our tree each year, the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. We had been going to the same tree farm since I was pregnant with our first child, 7 years ago, and this year the farm closed its doors. :( We had to find a new farm and it just isn’t the same.

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Kathy Moran December 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

Lots of family and lots of good food!!!!!

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Kristin December 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

My mom makes minestrone soup on Christmas Eve. It’s one of the few traditions that stuck as we grew up.

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Luann December 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

our holiday tradition that I (and my hubby) loves the most is all the cookies I make at christmas…..even if I have to keep him from eating all of them! My sister and I ALWAYS watch The Christmas Story at least once on Christmas Day together!

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Merely Meredith December 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

When I was younger, my family’s favorite Holiday tradition was to pile up in the car all nice and cozy and view fantastic Christmas lights on houses around the city. There’s something about ‘ooh-in’ and ‘ah-in’ in a jammed car with the ones you love that says Christmas is near. :)

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Sandie December 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

We have a few little things we do around here for Christmas traditions. But this yr starts a new one with us. And thats having my mom with us for the holidays! Its the first time in 10 years. So its extra special for us this year!! <3

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

My favorite holiday tradition is going to my parents house on Christmas Eve for board games and finger foods!

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Cassie December 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

I have two! First, on Christmas Eve we all get together and Daddy reads the story of Christ’s birth from the bible to us and our children.

Second, after reading, we all go home and get ready for bed. I don’t know how my kids manage it but EVERY YEAR they stay up too late and catch Santa red handed! Santa comes in shaking his bells and saying ho ho ho. My kids go and peek and see him, he sees them back and they both scurry off in opposite directions. Then I have to remind my kids to go to bed or else Santa can’t come back to deliver the rest of the presents.

PS ~ I think Santa loves this little tradition as much as the kids do! Christmas is my dad’s favorite holiday!! ;)

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Jessica December 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

My favorite holiday tradition is getting to make a Cuban Christmas for my family and friends. I spend a week getting ready and sharing all the delicious treats my grandmother passed on to me. Eggnog is first made with a lot of sugar and rum. Next is a rush of made my pork tamales (I got grandma’s seal of approval to change it up), beef empanadas, black bean empanadas, yucca, congris (black brand and rice cooked together) and the show stopper- pernil. The slow cooked pork. I let my sister do the flan. I just can’t do it all. I love that now everyone is at house until midnight, eating and having fun. If only there was coffee…

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Anne December 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

Elf on the Shelf has become a tradition with the kids, and we also make a trip to the wonderful Miss Cayce’s Christmas store in Midland,TX and let the kids each pick out an ornament.

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Erin B. December 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

My favorite tradition is that ever since I was a little girl my dad has made pink (they are supposed to be red but never turn out that way!) and green pancakes. Even though my siblings and I are all adults now with our own families, we still get together Christmas morning and dad makes us pancakes. The grankids love it too!

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Lindsay December 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

There are too many traditions to choose just one! But some of my favorite include indulging in the 24-hour “The Christmas Story” marathon, drinking wine while opening presents with my family and playing games after Christmas dinner.

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Debbi Cuff December 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

The night before Christmas my parents would read the book ” The night before christmas” after we came home from church. In the morning being the youngest, my older brother and sisters would wake me up to yell down the stairs to make sure it was okay to come down. My mother would have us eat something for breakfast before opening our presents because she knew that we would not want to eat the rest of the day.

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Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

Our favorite family tradition is making fondue for Christmas Eve dinner. Three courses: cheese, broth with meat and veggies and of course chocolate! My kids start talking about it as soon as December arrives. Delish!

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Jessica December 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

My favorite tradition is eating Chinese take out for Christmas dinner!

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Amber DuVentre December 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

We skip the traditional meal …that we just had for Thanksgiving and we grill! We grill everything ..meat…fruit…veggies….anything. Everyone loves to stop by and get something different to eat. I am excited about Christmas time with my family. We love celebrating the real reason for the season- JESUS!!

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Lindsey December 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite family tradition is watching It’s A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve with my family.

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Laura N December 16, 2011 at 8:52 am

Every year from the time my kids were born, they recieve an ornament on the first of December. I love when they pick theirs out and every year when they hang it on a tree it brings back memories. When they start their own family, they have their own box of ornaments for their first tree.

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Lauren December 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

i love sending xmas cards!

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Barb December 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

my favorite holiday tradition is going out to a tree lot with the whole family and cut down a Christmas tree, usually it is a natural one, we call it a charlie brown tree! We enjoy hot cider and cookies. Than we come home and bring in the little tree and decorate it!

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bonnie December 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

My favorite holiday tradition may actually be wrapping gifts (weird, huh?). It is relaxing and peaceful to me.

Happy Holidays!

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Valerie December 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

My grandfather always reads the Christmas story from the family Bible before we open presents on Christmas Eve. It forces us to stop for a few minutes and remember the real reason for the season!

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Dana December 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

Holiday traditions..we don’t have many – but the one we do have was started my my grandma when my older sister was born. Every year grandma got her a Santa ornament. When I came along she started getting me a Santa ornament each year as well. 7 years later my little sister came along and she started getting her Angels. Hypothetically I should have 37 Santa’s but being careless in my early adulthood I am a few short. After my grandma died my mom kept the tradition going, and as grandkids have been born we have started getting them each their own. My mom died almost 5 years ago and my older sister has kept the tradition going. Every year we are on the hunt for Santas, Angels, Reindeer, Snowmen, Penguins, snowflakes, bears, nutcrackers and more.
When my oldest son (20), got married last year, I decided that each year I would get them (my son and his wife) a Santa and Mrs. Claus each year. When my other two kids get married i will do the same for them. it is fun seeing the different ornaments depicting each theme.
When my stepdad remarried 2 years ago, she brought with her 4 kids, we have since included them in the ornament search. We are currently each year searching for 16 ornaments, with only 2 being duplicates (Santa’s and Angels).
Our hope is that our kids will continue the tradition as the years go on.

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Michelle December 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

When I was a child, we spent Christmas Eve at my Grandparent’s house. We’d eat ham and potatoes and green beans and then play with cousins that were more siblings than cousins. After dinner was cleaned up my Grandma, Mom and Aunt would sneak downstairs and spread out “Santa’s Gifts”. We thought nothing of the fact that Santa came to their house while we were awake and our house when we slept. After a bit, my Grandpa would shake some bells and tell us that he heard Santa. We kids would post on the basement steps for a picture. Then the adults would let us run into the basement and tear open presents. Afterwards us kids would play with new gifts and the adults would settle in contently for conversation.

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Julie December 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

My husband is on the worship team at church and I’m in the choir and we both love worshiping Christmas eve. It’s a long day but but very fulfilling to share Jesus. And then we to to a friends house for their Christmas eve get together.

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Carol December 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

My favorite holiday tradition actually happens the day after Christmas. The whole family gets together we make lots of yummy appetizers and play board games and watch an old movie (picked by the family matriarch) that night. It is a great way to relax and enjoy each other without all of the crazieness of the last couple of weeks.

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Jessica C December 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

This year we are starting a new tradition of being home for Christmas to open presents instead of at my parents’ or his…I can’t wait for Christmas morning to come!

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Heather D. December 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

My family’s tradition is to do a big Christmas Eve dinner and then a brunch on Christmas Day. Eat, drink and be merry, with all of our family and closest friends!
Merry Christmas everyone!

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Kim December 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

One of my favorite holiday traditions that I used to love but haven’t done in a while was going to the melting pot with my two best friends. One of my best friends was born on Christmas eve, so it was a combined birthday dinner and dinner together (instead of getting each other gifts). Since we graduated college, we all haven’t been able to spend the holidays together :(

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Jessica C. December 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

My favorite holiday tradition is all of the chaos that comes with a house full of relatives. Kids running everywhere, ladies busy in the kitchen, lots of yummy food to eat… it’s just not a holiday without your whole family around!

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef December 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

my family always has the same christmas morning breakfast: easy cheese souffle, apple coffee cake, fruit, and bacon/sausage. amazing!

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amanda jones December 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

Every Christmas morning, we have brunch at our house and invite our family over. After our bellies are stuffed, my husband, son & I head to the movie theatre. I think this year we’re going to see War Horse.

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Mallory December 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

Although I am 23 and my sister is 25, my dad still write a Christmas poem for each of us to lead us to our “big” present for the year. We have been doing it since we were little kids and I am not sure I will ever be to old to love finding my present!!

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Katie @decoratemylife December 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

The candelight service at church and going to the “drive through lights”!

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Leah December 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

One of my most memorable holiday traditions was watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation with all of my cousins at my Grandparents’ house when we were kids.

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Andi T. December 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the 2 Christmas parties we have on the 23rd – one with my husband’s and my friends and the other with my parents and their friends. It’s such a long night, but so much fun.

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Becky December 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

We’re still working out our own traditions but one of my favorite traditions is watching Elf each year as a family

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Mel H December 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning…can’t miss it!

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marie foshee December 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

I was sad when my children hit pre-teen years that “santa” excitement was gone I started doing scavanger hunt for the “big” present (even if it was just money) when they were 18, 21 and 23 I told them they were too old and they all insisted this had to keep going. The fun part is that the riddles are about individuals and the sibling has to answer it. ex: since ______ works out alot he has to have fuel to keep going but if he doesn’t fuel this he will go nowhere the next clue would be hidden in the door to his jeeps gas tank. We laugh so much because we get it but the person trying to figure it out has a hard time. Plus it makes the morning present opening last longer and more interesting. this my be corny but we love it

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Jessica December 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

oohhh… KEURIG….LOVE!!!!
My favorite Christmas tradition is definately decorating the Christmas Tree! My parents always made it so fun and special for me and now, I try to do the same for my children!!

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Tina Burrows December 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas Eve dinner we spend with my entire family, aunts and cousins. The typical Italian feast!!! Can’t wait!
Happy Holidays!!! Enjoy!!

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Brittni Austin December 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

When I got married we moved four hours away from my family, so keeping up with our traditions became a litltle bit difficult and my husband’s family doesn’t have many traditions that they do. This year is our first Christmas as a three-person family. I’m excited to think of new traditions to start!

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Renea west December 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

Making gingerbread houses with the kids!

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Evelyn December 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

We have “The Basket Game” on Christmas Day. Everyone purchases a small gift, maybe $25.00 or so. We try to find something that everyone would love to have enough to “steal” it. After all the activities and Christmas dinner is over, we start the game. We can “steal” it 3 times, then it’s dead and that person gets to keep it. It is a friendly, fun game and our family has so much fun. Its a tradition started many years ago and it never fails to entertain the family with friendly “I’ll take that” fun. We decide several times that we wouldn’t do it anymore, but everyone is dissapointed and we continue the tradition. It’s a fun way to end our most treasured holiday!

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Carrie December 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

A family tradition is for me to make pans and pans of southern cheese and sausage balls- yum!

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AmandaK December 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

Cookies! Treats! Sweets! That’s what I enjoy about Christmas! Keurigs are so fun – I don’t have one – but I want one for the tea, cider and hot chocolate! Fun!

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Kelly @ Free Spirit Food December 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

Mine is spending Christmas eve with my husband! I love it.

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Melissa T December 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

Our family tradition was we always went to my grandmothers on Christmas and then went driving around to look at lights. This year since we are so far away from family I still plan to do the drive around to look at lights with my kids.

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Marsha December 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

I’ve been looking all over the internet for the best buy on a Keurig…Oh, I would love to win this. Also, my favorite tradition is just a simple, candle light dinner witht the only lights being candles, Christmas tree, and mantel lights.

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Lorenzo P. December 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

Our holiday tradition when opening gifts is to get all the family in the living room and play Nat King Cole’s Christmas music and each of us opens our gifts in order one at a time. A traditions as long as I can remember. :)

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Sabrina December 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the candlelight service on Christmas eve. I sing in the choir and play handbells. It really makes it Christmas!

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Lgrace2 December 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

My favorite tradition would have to be decorating the tree with my family. We watch the same video every year, have snacks and reminisce about years gone by as we put the ornaments onthe tree Every one of our ornaments has a story!!
Thanks for the chance to win such a great gift!! Blessings to you and your family!

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Cara December 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

I love decorating in general. It’s so nice to spend that time with loved ones going through all the family items collected over the years.

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Dawn in HSV December 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

Every year I plan to make a special holiday treat with my son. He’s a teenager now, but he still loves getting in the kitchen and making a mess … then enjoying whatever we’ve decided to make.

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L.S. December 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

We’re Chinese, so our holiday traidition is quite simple, instead of gifting each other with presents, we gift money, in traditional Chinese red envelopes. There’s a little bit of guessing game involved because there’s not a set amount. Kids usually get more than adults, well, they should be! :-)

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Allie Q December 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

My favorite tradition is making cookies with my kids and drinking hot cocoa while waiting for mid night to come. We put the kids to bed and surprise them with their gifts under the Christmas tree.

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Lori December 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is attending the candlelight church service on Christmas Eve every year. It’s a great time to reflect on the real reason for Christmas.

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Jana December 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

I love church on Christmas Eve then driving around to see the lights and displays.

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Sarah B December 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

My mother, sister and I light a fire and decorate the tree while listening to the same CD every year. It’s something I look forward to every year!

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Mandy December 16, 2011 at 9:12 am

We go to Mass then to my Mum’s for Christmas Eve dinner!

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Laurie December 16, 2011 at 9:12 am

Fantastic giveaway!!!! My favorite Christmas tradition is of course spending time with the family, but also on Christmas morning with my husband and kids opening presents and then have monkey bread and sausage casserole for breakfast!

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Maria M. December 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

We will be uniting with our children and grandchildren for dinner and celebrate Jesus Birthday, afterwards we will be going to church. On Christmas Day we will celebrate with food, relaxation and the opening of gifts.
Merry Christmas and God’s Blessings to all

Maria

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Kim December 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

We attend Christmas Eve Church service with some friends, who are like family, and they come to our house for dinner and a Christmas movie. It is one of the things I look forward to the most.

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Jean W December 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

My favorite tradition is spending time with friends and family.

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Angela L December 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

Ack! I love the Keurig – we booked a hotel next week based almost solely on the in-room Keurigs! My favorite tradition has to be Christmas breakfast, my boys love my egg nog french toast, yum!

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April C. December 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

Thank You for the chance to win. My favorite holiday tradition is my husband’s homemade spaghetti sauce. He starts it early in the morning and the scent fills our home all day long. It may not be a traditional Christmas meal, but it is something I look forward to all year long.

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Alana December 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

my favorite Christmas tradition is our Christmas eve service at my parent’s church. i love it when the lights go out and we sing Silent Night by candlelight.

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Christina G December 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

Favorite holiday tradition. Christmas Eve we open one present and it’s always CHristmas pajamas. After that we put said Jammie’s on and load up with hot cocoa and drive around the city looking at Christmas lights.

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cindi m December 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

We have a big xmas eve party – usually martinis and homemade pizzas, then do a mellow xmas day. FUN!

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Kerri December 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the walk my family takes after our Christmas meal. The streets are always quiet since most people are warm and cozy inside, but we look at it as a great bonding experience and a way to burn off some calories before digging into the leftovers! :)

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Shirley December 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

On Christmas Eve at granny’s house we have love socks so the children don’t get them mixed up with the stockings Santa fills at their homes. It’s always fun to see the little kids gathered on the floor dumping there goodies. We all used to get a love sock until the family got too big so now you get a sock until you graduate from high school.

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Mandy Larson December 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

My mom has been wanting one of these, thanks for the chance to win!! My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve service at church and then dinner with the family, followed by Christmas movie marathon! Happy Holidays!

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Margaret December 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

Christmas morning breakfast with cinnamon rolls and orange ambrosia

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Sarah Jayne December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

Definitely the “christmas egg casserole” my mom makes for breakfast every year :)

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Sharon December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is picking out our Christmas tree and placing all the special ornaments on it that we have collected over the years. Our tree tells a story for all to see!

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Nina December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with many women (and girls) of my family. It’s so much fun to get together and enjoy each other’s company.

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Lindsey K December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

Going to midnight mass…I love listening to the church service by candlelight. It’s my favorite!

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Katherine December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve dinner at my grandmother’s house. We’ve been doing it since I was a little girl. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

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Alicia Munro December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

mmmm… coffee!! I would love the chance to win!!

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Rachael December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

I’d love to win the Keurig! I’ve always wanted one since they made the My K-cup so you can use any coffee you want :) My favorite family tradition growing up was going to Midnight service with my grandparents. They sang in a big choir every year that just echoed the Christmas carols through our old, large church. My grandpa was just like a kid on Christmas day; he often beat me in up and opening gifts. We often spent the day listening to Bing Crosby and other great Christmas hits while we enjoyed the day relaxing.

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Courtney Ely December 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

My favorite memory is being the first one awake every Christmas….waking my brother up…and trying not to look under the tree as we pass by to wake up our parents!

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Mario December 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

My favorite holiday tradition was always setting up the family nativity scene. When I was little, I used to add my toy cars and firetrucks to it!

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laura robinson December 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

This year we’re starting a new holiday tradition of going to see the christmas lights at hartwood acres!

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Marla December 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

Christmas Eve service is my favorite holiday tradition. Followed by eating Christmas cookies. :)

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Karen Pennington December 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

Our tradition has always been about family getting together on Christmas day. I was lucky to be in a large family of 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Yes, 10 all together. We have lost 2, but all of the others and their children and the children’s children all get together and have just a wonderful time of visiting, eating, sometimes a ride on a wagon across the fields, singing Christmas carols. Love this opportunity to try to win this……who doesn’t love coffee? Merry Christmas.

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Heather December 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

My mom makes homemade cinnamon rolls. And now my teenager makes them with her. It is great family time. And the neighbors love their special deliveries too!

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nae'nae' December 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

Spending time w/family & thanking God for Jesus.

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Teresa December 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

Gosh, I really want one of these for my daughter for Christmas, and how great would it be to win one! Traditions…leaving carrots for the reindeer…love that..hanging stockings by the chimney with care…and opening gifts on Christmas morning with family…..followed up by a a grand meal in the middle of the afternoon.

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Misty December 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

Since my parents moved away we don’t really have any traditions anymore but I am working on starting one for my kids this year!

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erin December 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

My favorite family tradition is to open most of the presents on Christmas Eve (those are from the family) and then Santa comes and leaves you one present and a stocking for Christmas Day.

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Julie B December 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is hosting Christmas caroling hayride for family and friends. My kids love the preparation of decorating the haywagon (trailor) with lights, decorations and sound system while I make dozens and dozens of homemade cookies and 5 gallon container of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. We love hosting friends and family each year.

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Kristen W. December 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

My favorite holiday tradition is sitting around in a huge circle with my family laughing and talking most of the afternoon on Christmas day!

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Amilia @justeverydayme December 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

On christmas eve eve (23rd) my sister, grandparents and I get in our PJs, get in the car, and drive to Sonic. We get dinner and then drive around, listening to christmas music, and looking at all the lights. My family has tons of Christmas traditions, but that is one of my favorites :)

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Susannah December 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

My fave tradition is opening one gift on Christmas eve!

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Dawn December 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

What an awesome giveaway! I love Christmas!! The best tradition is Christmas morning. We have breakfast and then hang out listening to Christmas music until its time to start cooking dinner. Always a great family day. Thanks for the chance…

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Nicole December 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my family on Christmas day. It is the one day all year where we come together and spend the whole day eating, talking, exchanging gifts, and enjoying each other’s company!

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jayne December 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

My favorite tradition – the smells of Christmas, the laughter and joy we all share as a family! We always take this time of year to slow down and just ENJOY! A tradition that costs nothing but creates wonderful memories – MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….

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Allison R. December 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

We spend Christmas Eve at my mother’s with my sister & her family then Santa visits that night while the kids are sleeping. After a wild morning we’ll go to my in-law’s & do it all over again!

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Lara December 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

My favorite tradition is that with my family we open all of our presents on Christmas Eve and then have all day on Christmas to be together doing whatever. We usually go to the movies or watch movies and eat lots of good food!

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Teri Dingler December 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

We have our children and grandchildren over on Christmas night and have one of the grandchildren read the Christmas Story of the birth of Christ from Luke! They love it when it is their year to read! We hope it drives home the real meaning of Christmas.

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Joy Baker December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

My favorite tradition started when I was young. My family would get together and choose a short Christmas book like Twas the Night before Christmas. We would all take turns reading a page (even when we could barely read) until the book was finished. When recordable story books came out we changed it up a little. Now we take turns recording a page and can hear how we’ve all changed. It’s so cool! We have a lot of fun practicing before recording so that we get it just right. My older kids even enjoy it!

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Carolyn S December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

My favorite christmas tradition is on Christmas Eve having all the kids open up their new christmas pj’s and having hot choclate and playing board games

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Haley December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

What a great giveaway?! My favorite holiday tradition is opening a new pair of pajamas every year on Christmas Eve. It is the one present my family is able to open the night before Santa comes. I hope to one day pass this tradition along with children of my own.

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Kalyn December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

I love getting together with my family and just hanging out!

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Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

My favorite holiday tradition is going to my grandma’s house on Christmas Eve and spending time with our extended family.

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Stacy K December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

Christmas is not the same now as it was back then for me. But one of the things that really makes it feel like Christmas for me and all the other Caribbean people out there is doing a thorough cleaning of the house. That means, painting the entire house from top to bottom, purchasing new bed linens, window treatments, dish towels etc. Unless these things are in play, Christmas does not feel like Christmas :)

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Candice December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

My favorite holiday tradition is going to my parent’s barn house in the mountains and opening are gifts on Christmas Eve.

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Sharie December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

Where do I even begin??
Frosted sugar cookies…family gatherings drinking Tom & Jerry batter in milk.
Waking up knowing Santa has been there (the only day we didn’t get in trouble for waking our parents up before sunrise ;).
Merry Christmas to you, Kevin & the “boys”
Thanks again for your generosity this past year!!

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Maggie December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

We have a big dinner on Christmas Eve, everyone opens ONE present, and then we all get our MATCHING Christmas PJ’s! We take our family picture in front of the tree in our PJ’s and watch a Christmas movie. On Christmas morning we get up bright and early and open the rest of our presents and eat a big breakfast…in our matching PJ’s! :)

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Sendie December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

I have two small children, and we always hind all the gift until Christmas eve. Christmas morning has always been our favorite traditions waiting for them to get up – which is early and looking at both of them got so excited after seeing the gift by the chimney. Another favorite holiday tradition is how I ask my kids t9o pick a toy to donate. It made them feel good that they contribute something to make other children happy.

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Aimee M December 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

My favorite tradition is waking up early on Christmas Day, opening presents with my family in our pajamas and having breakfast casserole!

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Christy T. December 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

I love spending time with family!

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Amber December 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

Definitely spending Christmas eve with all of my family.

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Beverly S. December 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

I love hearing the children tell the story of Baby Jesus’ birth and seeing the joy and excitement in their faces!

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krkuntz December 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

i think my most treasured Christmas traditions are decorating the Christmas tree and going to Christmas Eve Mass.

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Stella December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

Our family spend Christmas Eve together at my mom n dad in law’s home every year. Their neighborhood does the lumanaries so it is just so magical driving up to the house when the yards are lined up with the bags and the candles are lit!

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Erin December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

We used to all gather at Grandma’s house and make Christmas cookies/candies and then deliver them to neighbors up and down the valley.

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Lori Smith December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

Getting the house ready for Christmas Eve by listening to Christmas music. Finishing the last touches on presents, church, a nice family dinner, wait for Santa and then end with a fire and some roasted marshmellows!

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Rachel December 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

Mid-Night mass on Christmas Eve, new pj’s, and monkey bread and bloody marys the next morning while opening presents. I love this time of year!

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Sarah` December 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

My favorite tradition is a new one…elf on the shelf! I love to brainstorm new activities and locations for the elves to be in each day =)

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Jenn H December 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

It may be silly, but we go to the movies.

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Beth December 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the all-nighter Christmas present wrapping extravaganza we (my aunts, cousins and myself) pull every year, without fail, on Christmas Eve. Nothing like a little bit of procrastination – and no sleep – to really kick off Christmas :)

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Charlee December 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

My favorite family tradition is Christmas stockings. Everyone gets one and they are always chock full of the coolest stuff.

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Bridgette December 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

Our family tradition is to read The Night Before Christmas before bed on Christmas Eve.

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Angela Hohneke December 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

We always look forward to eating our Christmas breakfast which I have eaten since I was a little girl. German pancakes with cinnamon apples and vanilla ice cream and kielbasa. (The kids love being able to have ice cream for breakfast!)

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ChristiL December 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

Since our children were babies, we dressed in festive pajamas, loaded into the car on Christmas Eve and rode through town looking at Christmas lights. It was a great way to spend time together and settle the ‘Santa excitement’ before bedtime. Our oldest is home from college for the holidays – he’s a freshman – and already put in his request to continue the tradition.

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Jane Mykleby December 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

Breakfast Casserole on Christmas morning between opening presents.

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Courtney @ Cookin Up Life December 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

My mom, sister, and myself always watch White Christmas on Christmas Eve :) Dad and the boys always skip out, but us girls have the best time!! Traditions are the best :) Merry Christmas!

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Yer December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

My holiday traditions: baking/cooking, big dinner with families and walking in my town 2 miles “Christmas Tree Lane”. (neighborhood with tons of Christmas decorated lights and designs).

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Sasha December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

Cracked out Christmas with mom and sister! We stay up really really late Christmas eve, get “owly” and wrap presents and have cocktails. The laughter that ensues is always the best!

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Steph December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

My favorite tradition is baking christmas cookies with my mom and daughters!

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Jaan December 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

Does doing EVERYTHING at the very last minute count? But, besides that we do have some wonderful home made ice cream from a different area of our city on Christmas Day. I know its a weird one, but it works for us. Happy Holidays!

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Tammy December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

I have a 3 yr old son and each year I am trying to add in a new tradition. This we added the Elf on Shelf and it’s made each morning a lot fun. I love seeing him run around the house looking for our elf named Jolly.

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Gretta December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

Each Christmas Eve after we have let the kids open their gifts from us, we sit in the floor around the Christmas tree and read the birth of Jesus out of the Bible. Then we talk about the true meaning of Christmas with them and pray together. As the kids have got older (6, 8 & 10) they are able to read parts of the Nativity Story with us and it is so special each year.

bamagv at aol dot com

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Urban Wife December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

What an awesome giveaway!
Our little tradition is picking out a fresh Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and listening to Christmas music while decorating it.

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Jennifer Horn December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas Adam (the day before Christmas Eve) with my in-laws. We always eat at our favorite Japanese restaurant.

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Tasha December 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

We make a movie every Christmas Eve with iMovie. They are usually hilarious and only make sense to the people in them. Hopefully everyone will be able to make this year so that I can improve my editing skills. :)

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Annette Mummery December 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is to spend a long time looking at the gifts in our stocking. Then take a break for our traditional egg dish, then after a coffee refill, on to the big presents.
Our daughter is home from college after her first quarter. She wants every tradition to be as it always was!

I can’t wait!!

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Lindsey December 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

For the past couple of years I have made lasagna for Christmas Eve dinner and now it has become a tradition!

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anne marie December 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

Our tradition is to open gifts from family and friends xmas eve, with a large dinner with friends. The xmas morning we open santa gifts,go to church, then brunch with my in-laws. We also celebrate our anniversary, because we were married on christmas day. Together time with family is top of our list.

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Lisa December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

Our family tradition is making homemade sausage rolls with puff pastry to give to family and friends. Everyone looks forward to their sacks each year. We enjoy roling them out. Great family time. Merry Christmas!

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Jessi December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

One of my favorite family traditions comes from my husband’s family. Each Christmas we all bundle up in our coats and blankets and drive around looking at Christmas lights either in a convertible or with all the windows rolled down. It’s like our makeshift sleigh ride. We make sure to bring warm apple cider or hot chocolate and Christmas cookies!

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Sheri December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

Our favorite tradition is leaving cookies and milk out for Santa. We also NEVER forget to leave some cheese out for Santa Mouse, a character in our favorite Christmas book!

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

We always have a huge family Christmas party on Christmas Eve, we stay very late and the kids actually sleep in on Christmas morning. I love the fact that I get to wake THEM up on Christmas morning!!! :)

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Denise December 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

Our traditions have changed throughout the years now that our children have grown. My favorite newer tradition is wrapping presents for the needy children of our town the saturday before Christmas . My son is a volunteer firefighter and each year on Christmas eve the firefighters take a several firetrucks with a santa to deliver toys to the children. We go to the firestation and watch them load the trucks as high as they can with the toys. All throughout our town you can here the sirens blaring as they make their stops. Some years we get to ride in the truck and visit the children as they receive their presents from Santa. It is such a blessing to watch the smiles across their face. We are starting a new tradition this year as my grandson is 11 months old. We are going to his house for a misfit breakfast Christmas day. A Kuerig would be perfect.

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Thao December 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

We would go to the movies on Christmas eve. Then on Christmas day, my family and I would go to the local homeless shelter to volunteer.

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Ashley Mays December 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

My favorite tradition is that we don’t have any traditions! :-) I love doing something different every year and experiencing new things.

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Jules December 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

My mom and dad fix a huge breakfast every Christmas morning. We have every breakfast food imaginable and it’s wonderful!! After breakfast we open our gifts.

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Jynelle December 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

Eggs Benedict for breakfast for Christmas morning!!! Then the BEST part of the day is just hanging with my family……those are the memories.

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Crystal Loftus December 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

My favorite Christmas memory is having all the family come together for the holidays. When I was little there was nothing cooler then having cousins coming from far away to camp out in my bedroom & share in the holiday magic. The hustle & bustle of a full house was do fun!

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Jennifer H December 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

My favorite holiday tradition is simply getting the chance to spend quality time with family.

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Jill Smith December 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

So many favorite memories and traditions hard to pick just one but as a child I loved going to my grandma and great grandma’s house to spend time with family and open presents! Thanks for the chance to win! Love love love your blog!

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Kristin Kneupper December 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love gathering around the table each night of December reading devotions and lighting the advent candles.

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Mona December 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

My favorite family holiday tradition is staying up after midnight on Christmas Eve and opening 1 gift.

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Valerie Garbo December 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

We always spend time as a family together and open presents Christmas morning, then we sit down to a ham dinner.

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Nancy December 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

I love getting out all the Christmas decorations and remembering past holidays – it’s like spending time with old friends! Thanks so much!

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Sylvia Popadiuk December 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

Family, friends good food and giving to others.

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Felicia K. December 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

Making cookies with the kids but our fave tradition is going out day after xmas (my mom’s bday) with my mom looking for deals on everything. We make a whole day of it and this year both my girls are coming with us!

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Karen G December 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

My favorite tradition is getting to spend time with family….we live close (within 2 hours of each other) but never seem to find the time to get together so its always a family fun time.

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Stacey December 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

having a new son I plan on starting some new traditions of our own. Our first maybe going to see the tree at Rockefeller Center on Christmas Day!!

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Mindy Stell December 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

I love the lights! I think it just brings out the spirit in all of us! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful prize! I hope you have a wonderful Holiday!

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Abby December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

I love opening my stocking on Christmas morning. We always did that first as kids and now my husband and I do it too.

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Lesa December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

The family time is my absolute favorite, followed closely by the opening of one present on Christmas Eve – with hot cocoa of course!

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Julie December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

We do breakfast casserole for Christmas morning…so much fun and love continuing the tradition from my youth.

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YT December 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

We go over to my parent’s home for a big breakfast gathering then open presents and play different board games.

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Charanne December 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

I cherish time spent with my family in front of the fireplace reading the CHRISTmas Story on CHRISTmas Eve. Jesus and family….. could it get in better???? Thanks for the opportunity to win! Merriest CHRISTmas Amanda!

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Angela House December 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

New holiday tradition started this year…the Jesse tree. It helps prepare our hearts for the advent!

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Nicci December 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

Every year my brother and I get up early, open our stockings, and then start the coffee and tea for my parents before we open presents on Christmas morning.

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Brittany December 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

Every year when we decorate the Christmas tree, we watch the movie Christmas Vacation (Randy Quaid, Chevy Chase). Even though we’re in our own apartment this year, we went to my mom and dad’s to help them with their tree and watch the movie. Every Christmas morning, my mom also makes biscuits and homemade sausage gravy. The food is so much better than the gifts! :)

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Maria December 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas cookies with my neices and nephews!

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Samantha December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

We always go to eat on Christmas Eve, followed by a drive through local neighborhoods to look at lights, followed by midnight mass. Then we get to go to bed. The kids wake up super early and my mom bakes an egg strata and we open presents then it’s time to eat. Love this!

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Koren H December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

My children and I bake a birthday cake for Jesus. The, on Christmas Day, we sing “Happy Birthday” to Him. :)

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Katie December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

We started a tradition last year of making a birthday cake for Jesus with our son. It helps him connect the true meaning of Christmas.

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Patricia December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

It has been just me and my two sons for a long time. But this year we welcome a daughter-in-law to join our family. Our tradition has been to enjoy blueberry muffins, juice and, of course, coffee as we open gifts on Christmas morning. The new coffeemaker would certainly enhance our tradition. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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Jill t December 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

Great giveaway!

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Mary December 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

Having our traditional seafood dinner on Christmas Eve!

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Deanna Roumimper December 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

Every year, I take in “Strays”, all my friends and Military friends who do not have family in the area to celebrate the holidays. I do up a big lunch/dinner and we play games and have a great time being together. We create our very own family holiday.

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Shelly December 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

Baking Christmas sugar cookies is my favorite tradition! Tasty and fun!

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Shayna December 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

We love to make sugar cookies and decorate them a few days before Christmas! What fun! Then, if we’re lucky and we have enough snow, we ride snowmobiles the day after Christmas and enjoy a picnic lunch!

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Emily December 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

My favorite tradition is decorating a Christmas tree!

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Tina B December 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thanks for a great giveaway…our tradition is just spending time with my mom, dad, sister and her family and my family and just making memories to last a lifetime.

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Jennifer@ ItSuxToBeFat December 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

My favorite holiday tradition is eating breakfast with my whole family, my dad’s eggs benedict and then opening gifts together afterwards. After that, a huge lunch! Yummy!

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Jenna B mom to 3 December 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

We open one present on Christmas Eve and it’s always jammies!

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

My favorite holiday tradition is enjoying appetizers with my family (baked brie and stuffed mushrooms!), followed by midnight mass, and opening ONE gift by the tree! :)

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SalBug December 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

My family gathers two weeks before Christmas for our 35-year old tradition of lighting a yule log, drinking wassel, and all sorts of other things. That then leaves us free to spend Christmas itself with our in-laws or stay home.

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Ladybug December 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

Great giveaway! I’ve been looking at buying one of these..would be GREAT to win one!! :)

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Becky December 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

What a wonderful giveaway! I love coffee! We have many traditions but I love decorating the tree with my now 28 year old daughter…for years our tradition is to sip eggnog out of fancy wine glasses while we decorate. Even though she lives in another city now I always plan my decorating on when she will be home…this year when we set the date she immediately said…”Now don’t forget the eggnog!” Also, I always give her Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and she wears them that night…been doing that for 28 years…next year she will be married…so I guess I will be buying 2 pairs of Christmas pajamas…one for her and one for my new son! Merry Christmas!!

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Jan N December 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

Besides the “normal” traditions of family, food and friends, my favorite tradition for Christmas is Prairie Farms Peppermint Stick ice cream! Yummy!

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Annie December 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

Cranberry cheesecake! we only have it at Christmas and I can’t wait to have some this Christmas!

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Maria December 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thank you Amanda! Our family tradition for the last 11 years has been to go on a trip (to Disneyland and last year a cruise) but this year we are staying in our new house. We are so excited to have a big decorated tree this year and experience Christmas in a new way… but we are always together. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. We have been thinking about getting one of these. Crossing my fingers :) Happy Holidays!

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Brenda Hinson December 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

My favorite Christmas Tradition is probably decorating the tree and also reading the story of Jesus’s Birth in the bible on Christmas morning.

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Wanda Cullen December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

My family always reads the Christmas story from the Bible right before opening our gifts…a great reminder of what the season is really about! Thanks for the great chance to win a Keurig!

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Gaye December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

Our Christmas tradition started when my girls were very young. My dad started taking them stocking stuffing shopping on christmas eve morning. He would take them to breakfast and then to Freds or Walgreens to buy an item for everyones stocking. The tradition has continued and my first grandson went on his first stocking stuffing shopping trip last year. They now go to Perkins for breakfast and then to Walgreens for shopping. With everyones busy schedule, they might not go on Christmas Eve but always one day during the week of Christmas! This is such a special tradition to me. My dad is celebrating his 84 birthday! Merry Christmas, Gaye

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Tara C. December 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

I love the holiday seasons. One of my favorite traditions is acting out the nativity with my family on Christmas Eve. My daughter always insists that my husband play the part of the donkey and whoever plays Mary that year has to ride on his back. LOL

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Crystal December 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

Driving around looking at all the Christmas lights. My parents used to take us when we were kids and now I love taking my own daughter :)

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Sara Courtney December 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

Baking cookies with my Grandmother and cousins.

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Katie P. December 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

Baking tons of goodies and passing them out to friends and family days before Xmas!

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Beth G December 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

We head down to help my mom on Christmas Eve and get sushi. It’s kind of fun :o)

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Gay H. December 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

Every other year we drive to Houston to spend Christmas with my daughters and their husbands. Because they live less than 30 miles from Galveston, we have a tradition of driving there on Christmas Eve and walking along the beach. It’s a fun tradition!

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Teri December 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

My favorite Christmas tradition…..well, it starts on Thanksgiving day. After our guests leave, we go through the newspaper ads and plot our course for Black Friday shopping. We get up at about 2am and head out for a day of malls, crowds, and plenty of coffee to stay awake. When we get home we wrap what we can, and watch a Christmas movie and prepare for getting our tree the next day and decorating the house. I love the whole season!!!

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Amy Wetzel December 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

I would love to own a Keurig Coffee Maker. I live in a small town where there is no coffee shops with variety. This would be a great way to wake up in the morning with whatever coffee flavor that I want. I am a single girl living on my own and can’t afford to buy a nice coffee maker. Thanks and Merry Christmas!!

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sarah December 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

I LOOOOVE the holidays. We have some fun traditions like cooking with my mom or playing white elephant but I have decided when I have a family we will make a birthday cake for Jesus each Christmas. How FUn!

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Deborah Raney December 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

I would LOVE a Keurig for my office! One of our favorite family traditions when our kids were little was our snowflake contest. We’d spend an evening cutting snowflakes from white paper, then dad (and artist) would judge the top 20 or so (everybody was a winner, of course!) and we’d hang those in our front picture window as cheap Christmas decorations.

I LOVE your blog!
Deb~

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Donna December 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

In our family, everyone- even the adults- get a Christmas Stocking. They get opened first to keep the little ones busy while the grown ups make coffee and stick Oven French Toast in to bake!

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Rachael December 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

Oh, this giveaway is making me ecstatic! On Christmas Eve, my mom’s side of the family comes over and we all open presents and spend time together. My aunt makes a birthday cake for Jesus every year and we sing to him. Then on Christmas day, my dad’s side of the family visits and brings loads of food for us sit around and eat while we enjoy one another’s company and share gifts. It’s never ceases to be a blast!

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shara bachman December 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

keurig! my husband has been DYING for one of these and it just isn’t in the budget.

our favorite tradition is ‘hiding’ baby jesus in the nativity scene. then first thing christmas morning, the kids go searching for him to put him in the manger. helps keep the real meaning the first thing they think about instead of presents!

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April V December 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

We decorate the tree each year with Christmas music playing and hot chocolate simmering on the stove! I love it!!

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Ashley A December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

My Grandma’s breakfast casserole and monkey bread Christmas morning

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Michelle December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

My favorite tradition is seafood gumbo at my grandmother’s house with all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins on Christmas Eve.

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Andrea in KS December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

We always have bourbon slush on Christmas Eve night when we open presents!!! It’s so good.

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Jo December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

I love Keurig My niece has one and I love using it when visiting her Thank you for the giveaway

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Cheryl Fillers December 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

I try to make at least 1 handmade gift for each person I gift to in addition to their gift I am giving them, be it a handmade card or ornament , or ediable food or candy . jewelry, something crafty . bookmark, Thanks Cheryl
ps I was asking for a new coffee pot for Christmas . Maybe I will win 1 of these > could I be so lucky ?
Merry Christmas………………………………..

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Meredith December 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

I would love to have my own Keurig!
My favorite tradition is blueberry muffins on Christmas morning.

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Debbie Olson December 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

I Love Keurig!

One of our most meaningful Christmas traditions is hearing Grandpa read the Christmas story on Christmas Eve.

Thank you for a chance to win!

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Lisa December 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

Our “traditions” change a little each year based on other family plans, but the one thing I like to keep constant is a quiet, relaxed Christmas Eve with only my husband and son. We open a few presents and have a casual dinner and just spend time together. It’s great!

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Linda December 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

My favorite holiday tradition is having my husband leave the St. Nicholas bag on the porch Dec. 5 eve. He calls rings the phone when he is close to home and hangs up so i know it is him and I make an excuse to get kids downstairs-I need help with carrying up something-wink wink. He leaves the bag and bangs on the door really really loud. Annnnddddd we all scream and run upstairs. St. Nicholas has arrived!

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Krista December 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

How fun!! One of our holiday traditions is having a Lego Christmas Advent box. My and my hubby put together an advent box filled with ‘christmas’ type lego things. Then my kid get to open a box each day. We have a little mini Christmas village (but a lego version) It is so special to my kids.

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ruthie December 16, 2011 at 10:24 am

I love having christmas eve and christmas day celebrations. My parents (and anyone else who is around) will come up on christmas eve and spend the night. We have lots of food and open some gifts. My parents always allowed us to open one gift on christmas eve. On christmas morning my husands brothers and sisters will come for egg nog and snacks before heading home to enjoy christmas day with their families. Our family will enjoy the day, eat, open gifts and we usually have friends that stop over for desserts. It is a wonderful day of family, friends, good food and good cheer! happy holidays to all!!

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Erika December 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

I love spending Christmas Eve with my mom. We eat yummy junky food and watch Christmas movies. Then, we wake up early on Christmas morning to see what Santa left :)

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Doris December 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

My newest favorite tradition is me baking sugar cookies so the grandsons can decorate them – only to have their mothers spend HOURS decorating a few until they are perfect. We still say it is for the little kids but the big kids have more fun. Merry Christmas to you and Kev!

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Megan Doddridge December 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

Living in Japan this year for the second Christmas in a row, we’re going to start skype Christmas caroling friends and family back home!

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Debra D. December 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

One of my favorite traditions is we go to a candelight service on Christmas Eve, then out for a nice dinner. It has become even more precious since our children are grown but still always look forward to this special evening!

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Kristen S. December 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

Making holiday cookies with my mom on Christmas Eve day, and then going to church candlelight service at night. My favorite part of Christmas!!

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

Amanda, you have the best giweaways. We have Kuerig at work and it is so nice just to make one cup at a time. Plus, I’m not really a coffee drinker and it makes the best hot water for tea! Thanks

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Kathy December 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

My favorite family tradition is having champagne while opening gifts on Christmas morning. The fire is going, the room is warm and cozy, in our PJ’s. Ahhh the memories! Happy Holidays!

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Kat Caruth December 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

Making cookies with my grandmother… She makes amazing thumbprint cookies!

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BettyC December 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

Christmas with family. And my Mom’s peanut brittle. I still make it every year from the recipe that she had used since the 1950′s–Puffy Peanut Brittle.

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June December 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

My favorite Christmas traditions is baking cookies with my daughter and Christmas Eve dinner at our house with my family!!! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway which is on my wish list already!!!

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Deneen December 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is putting up our Christmas tree together and talking about each of ornaments and what they mean to each of us. We also enjoy a favorite holiday snack of Candy canes in Oranges. (you break the hook off the candy cane, cut a small hole in the orange, poke the broken end of the candy cane into the orange and then suck on the candy cane while you sqeeze the orange until you start getting orange juice through the candy cane like a straw yum)

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Rebecca Lopez @ The Crafted Sparrow December 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

We have a few…Christmas Eve consists of pj’s delivered straight from the North Pole to our boys from the Elves, then a drive around some of the beautiful neighborhoods to check out Christmas lights while drinking hot cocoa in the car! Then home for Christmas stories (bible, and Twas the night before Christmas). Christmas Day consists of an all out buffett of appetizer food all day long, movies, playing games and lounging around with family. It’s a no muss and no fuss kind of day for us, just relax and enjoy the day! Thanks for letting us share. What a great giveaway!

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CindyML December 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

Wow. So generous. Thanks for the chance to win. I love your blog.
I have been toying with the idea of this coffeemaker, but haven’t taken the plunge. It would be great to win this. Thanks so much. CindyML

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Hattie December 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

My favorite tradition is waking up to my mom’s famous breakfast casserole on Christmas morning and stuffing my face while we open our stockings!!

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Kathee Kiefer December 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

My favorite family tradition is watching the old version of Christmas Carol, the one with Allister Simms. Our family used to gather around the old black and white TV. Now 2000 miles away from my family, I feel close to them all when I watch this old movie on Christmas eve.

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Leanne December 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

Every year my husband and I go drive around looking at Christmas lights. We listen to Christmas music and drink hot chocolate while exploring new areas of town. It is such fun!

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Jennifer D. December 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

Going to look at lights in our new Christmas Pjs on Christmas Eve!

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Dani @ Cloud 8½ December 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

My favorite tradition is Christmas morning brunch with my Mom’s side of the family. My grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins – we all used to cram in my grandparents’ house and exchange gifts and play with toys. Now that we’re older and the next generation is growing rapidly, we’ve moved to my Mom’s more spacious home, but the fun and excitement is still there.

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Patty December 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

Christmas Eve Dinner with family and friends before going to church is the best tradition in our house. I get a lil’ crazy with all of the preparations for dinner, but once we are all seated at the table(s) a peace and contentment settles in as I prepare to celebrate the Birth of Christ. A cool coffee maker would really come in handy, too!! lol

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Jenny Ulland December 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

Yay! My favorite holiday tradition is getting starbucks with my family and driving around looking at lights while drinking our hot drinks :)

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jane December 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

Thank you for the chance to win!! I love just being able to celebrate with family and friends.

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Regina December 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

my husband complains every day about our coffee pot, he says it does not stay hot enough. Maybe he would not complain if we had this one!

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Véronique December 16, 2011 at 10:34 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas morning brunch! I am surrounded by everyone I love, we are all in our jammies, relaxing, eating and enjoying our time together! Happy Holidays to all! :)

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Sylvia Roberts December 16, 2011 at 10:34 am

We always spend Christmas Eve with my husbands family and usually do a white elephant gift exchange. We’ve given gifts from old door hinges to a box of used books but we always have a wonderful time!

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Rebecca K December 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is watching A Christmas Story!

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Lisa W December 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

I love just about everything about Christmas, but my favorite family tradition is choosing our tree at our local Christmas tree farm and decorating it with our sons, while listening to Christmas music. :)

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Deborah Hallenbeck December 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

I always had wonderful Christmas Memories as a child and then with my children. 10 years ago by father passed away on Christmas eve and it was really rough at first, but one of our treasured memories of my father was sitting at the counter and drinking coffee………the Kureig might remind of my dad and their grandfather.

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Amy S December 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is (well was) waking up super early with my siblings, knowing that Santa came. We’d turn on a Christmas movie and wait for my parents to wake up, giddy with excitement (sometimes we’d peek inside the wrapping paper LOL). When they woke up, my Dad would take out the camcorder (it was a must) and tape us all opening our gifts and thanking Santa!

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Lisa Y. December 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

One of our favorite traditions is to decorate gingerbread houses. My kids absolutely LOVE it…even my 15 year old son, who is too cool for most everything else!

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Sarah Ramsey December 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

Every Christmas Eve my husband and I drive through the old neighborhoods and look at the Christmas lights and then go over to his family’s house for a Christmas dinner and gift exchange. And of course our Christmas traditions are not complete without watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” at least once!

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Samantha D December 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

Every year our family gets together on Christmas Eve for dinner and to celebrate Grandma’s birthday. Grandma passed away a year ago now, but the family still gets together and celebrates.

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Carleen December 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway. My daughters & I bake up a bunch of cookies for family and neighbors.

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Laura S. December 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

My favorite tradition growing up was my grandparents huge Christmas Tree. Every year, my grandpa would drive up north to the cabin and cut down his own Christmas tree. The ceiling in their dining room was two stories tall, and he would get trees that would touch the ceiling. They would take up practically the entire room, going from one wall to the other. They were absolutely spectacular.

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Michelle Wright December 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

Family and good tasting food for the holidays is the BEST!!!

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Stephanie F. December 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love the time spent baking cookies with family.

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Pam Capone December 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

For the last 20 years our tradition on Christmas morning is having Chorizo burritos for breakfast. Bristol Farms in California makes the best fresh chorizo I have ever had. We have now moved to Utah and when my daughter goes back to visit her boyfriend (yep a long distance romance) she brings me back 3 lbs of chorizo at a time and I freeze it. We are ready for our Christmas breakfast.

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Rachel C. December 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

On Christmas Eve we always go to Disney for lunch and to look at decorations. On Christmas after church and presents, we hang out and watch all the NBA games!

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Sarah S December 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

My three sisters and I help decorate our parents Christmas tree. We each have an angel ornament that our mom purchased for us the year we were born and our angel ornaments are the first ornaments on the tree. Mom even takes a picture of us each year hanging the angel oranament.

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Susan B December 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

We go to see Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. I may attempt some pictures this year with the help of your photography tutorials. Merry Christmas!

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Donna G December 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

My favorite tradition is making goodies for friends and family. Or maybe sitting around with all the lights out and looking at the Christmas tree while carols are playing. Add a nice cup of coffee, cocoa or whathaveyou and it’s even better…

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Jill W December 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

Since we don’t have any younger children in our family right now, on Christmas Eve we have dinner and a white elephant gift exchange that is usually pretty hilarious!

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Don Pringle December 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

My favorite tradition is cooking for family gatherings and baking for friends. What goes better than Millstone, my favorite coffee, with baked goods.

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Jennifer Ericksen December 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

My favorite tradition growing up was waking up extra early christmas morning and staring at all the gifts and wondering what I got. Now my favorite tradition is my sisters and I getting together to make cookies. This year I made us all aprons to where while we make the cookies. We are doing this tomorrow. Can’t wait!

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Lauren J December 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

Every child in our family (college age and younger) gets to select one ornament a year to purchase while shopping. This way, when they are ready to live on their own, they have memories built and ornaments to add to their tree.

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Hannah R December 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

My family always had a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve and it was a lot of fun and a great reminder of why we celebrate Christmas. :)

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Betty Jo December 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

We never do any major or special but the best thing we can do is to spend time with family and friends.

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Katie C December 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

Thanks so much for the chance to win! This would totally be my mother’s Christmas present if I did win!

My favorite holiday tradition, is making homemade pierogies with my family for Christmas dinner! We do it every year!

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Amanda Quijada December 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

We Make tamales with the whole family.. Good way to catch up and have a awesome dinner after

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Linda December 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

Thanks for this opportunity….I have been wanting one for myself. I love spending time with family and friends, making gingerbread cookies with my granddaughter, watching kids open their presents and remembering the reason for the season. A tradition is decorating for it all and sitting the kids down and reading about the birth of baby Jesus.

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Adela A. December 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

Making tamales on Christmas Eve at my parent’s house.

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Katie December 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

Probably clam chowder on Christmas EVe…. ALWAYS a favorite!!

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

My favorite tradition is on Christmas Eve we always got to open 1 gift and it was always a pair of Christmas pj’s, a new book, and a stuffed animal. My sister and I loved it every year. I will be carrying on the tradition my Mom started with my son this year for his first Christmas!

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abby lanier December 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

My mom buys everyone new Christmas pj’s every year and we wear them on Christmas Eve. Other than that, we don’t really have any traditions. We just hang out and I usually bake cookies and my mom and sister make baklava!

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Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

I don’t have just one favorite holiday tradition. I would have to say that watching A Christmas Story and a couple other Christmas movies while wrapping gifts with my mom is a great one. I also love baking cookies with my sister and then walking around the neighborhood and looking at Christmas lights. On a night that it gets too cold to walk (too cold, for southeast Texas is maybe in the 50′s – ha!) then we make hot chocolate or wassail in travel mugs and drive around Houston and see the big light displays.

Merry Christmas!

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Maryrose December 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

My favorite holiday tradition is fondue on Christmas eve at my in-laws! I’ve only been married 3 years, but dated my husband since high school and have been going to their house for Christmas eve for many years!…I look forward to it every time :)

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Emily December 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

My hubby and I are joining our traditions now that we have our own family. From my side, it’s the reading of the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. On his side it’s opening one gift on Christmas Eve.

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Stephanie December 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

Our favourite tradition in our Christmas Eve appetizer buffet and then reading the Christmas Story!

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Mary Katherine December 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

Even though we don’t have kids yet to wake us up, my husband and I still get up early on Christmas morning to exchange presents with each other. I love this time when it’s just the two of us before our families start calling and we have to start making the rounds!

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randi williams December 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

we have lots of traditions but one of them is what i cook christmas morning. i make my famous creme brule french toast and a large fruit salad. oh, so yummy!

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tracy December 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

We are starting a new tradition this year with my daughter… baking birthday cupcakes for Jesus!

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Lindsay {life and kitchen} December 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

Our “tradition” is to always be on the move. Our family is all over the country, so Thanksgiving and Christmas are both very busy and usually a lot of time is spent on planes or in cars. :)

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Melissa R. December 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree. It’s like reliving all the Christmas markets in Germany…drinking gluhwein, shopping the stand and eating wonderful food!

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Christine E December 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my best girlfriends and family and baking our favorite treats all day long. We all bring containers and zip lock bags and divide everything between us so we have tons of goodies to take home to share with others. We have done this for 10 years now and I look forward to it every year!

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Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

My new favorite tradition this year is the Elf on the Shelf. My kids think he is the greatest. Bad behavior stops the instant I mention Jack.

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melissa December 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

my favorite holiday traditon is, even though our ages range from 24-31 my father still reads the five of us, plus multiple grandchildren, the night before christmas on christmas eve, from the same pop-up book we have had forever.

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Tabitha A. December 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

Oh my gosh, I want one of these so bad!

One of our favorite traditions has become the Elf on the Shelf. It is great because each day we wake up and have to find our elf Sally. She is always doing funny things, like making things with legos, hiding way up high in the chandelier, or leaving funny notes. My son just loves to find her and we talk about her all day! Such a fun little tradition we started a couple years ago!

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Keri December 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is making cookies with my dad on Christmas Eve. We still try to do it every year that we are together! Thanks!

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Kayla December 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

My favorite Christmas tradition are our Santa presents! Santa wraps his gifts in red and green tissue paper and each year we (as kids) got to open our “Santa gifts” first. This tradition is still carried on with my family even though we’re now in our late twenties!

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Christina December 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

I love this coffee machine!! My parents have one, and I am totally hooked! I would love one for my apartment :)

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Kathy H December 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

My favorite holiday tradition is we all get together to make a tamales and bake cookies.

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Christine Lynxwiler December 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

Like so many others, our Christmas traditions are centered around family. We have never spent a Christmas Eve/Christmas Day at our own house because we go to my family’s house for Christmas Eve and my husband’s family’s house on Christmas Day. Those are two of the most special days of the year for us. But what that means for my husband and our two daughters, even now that they’re in high school and college, is that we pick a date around the third week of December and have our immediate family Christmas on that day. It’s always special to look at the calendar together, pick the day, and then anticipate it. When the girls were little, they loved that Santa came several days earlier to their house than he did anybody else’s. And now that they’re older, we all love that we can have our time together and open presents, then still have the whole Christmas with the rest of the family to look forward to a week or so later! Thanks for doing this giveaway and for the chance to share a tradition!

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Julie December 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

my favorite tradition is Christmas Eve candlelight church service!

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Cindy December 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

In honor of my husband’s heritage, we always celebrate St. Nicholas Day. We leave our best shoes out on the night of December 5th and St. Nicholas comes and leaves treats for us. I cannot tell you how excited my children’s classmates were when they found out about our tradition :)

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Kjersti Morris December 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the party my family has on Christmas Eve… we all are so excited to see each other we sing and dance and have such a fun time!

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Nadine December 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

Happy Holidays! Our favorite holiday tradition is new… we just got an Elf on a Shelf! My kids love it and Mommy and Daddy love it because it inspires great behavior… it even stops fights! =)
Thanks for this opportunity! =)

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BeckyL December 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

my favorite tradition is driving to look at christmas lights with my kids. they love it as much as I do :)

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Kim December 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

Christmas Eve candlelight service and my husband cooking breakfast Christmas morning after all the gifts have been opened…it’s the only day of the year he cooks! :-)

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April December 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

We love having many mangers around the house. The kids have learned to love the story and playing with them.

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Alicia December 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

We love to sit in front of the fire sipping eggnog and eating popcorn while watching Christmas movies.

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Karly December 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

Christmas Eve is all about family time. We spend time together, usually shopping in the morning for Christmas Breakfast/Brunch. We’ll go to the coney island for lunch, then we head over the small mall in our community to shop a little more. Then we go to the bookstore for a snack, and my parents buy each of us a new book. This is a yearly tradition, that ends with us all heading home to get ready for Midnight Mass, which is held at 6 pm…then we come home and make Chinese from scratch dinner. We stay up until midnight, and we all get to open one present, which is our new pj’s. Then we sleep in until about 10 am, open presents and have brunch, clean up and host the annual Open House at my parents on Christmas Evening for my dad’s side of the family. And repeat it again on Boxing Day afternoon for my mom’s side. Both my parents come from huge families.

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Lori December 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

One of our favorite family traditions is this old nativity calendar that each day in December you move the little mouse to a new number ending on Dec 24. Our four kids, even though they are all grown up still love seeing this hanging in our house and they are always joking about who gets it when I’m ready to hand it down the line. It’s a great memory for us. Merry Christmas to you, and the other of course is watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve.

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Jennifer Jenkins December 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

My favorite all time christmas tradition is going to my grandmas on Christmas Eve. we eat until were stuffed, then open gifts and just spend some very needed quality time with everyone. I have been doing this since I can remember. I now have children and get to share this tradition with them…LOVE LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for the chance to win a awesome prize.

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S.A. December 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

The food making is one of my favorite traditions, the time cooking in the kitchen is always great!

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Mindy S December 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

We have a lot of traditions including baking cookies, several visits with Santa (his helpers, of course, since he is busy at the North Pole), driving around looking at lights, decorating a gingerbread house at IKEA (and eating a ton of candy), and my personal favorite is listening to Christmas music everyday for the entire month of December (and most of November too).

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JULIE REYNOLDS December 16, 2011 at 11:21 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve we attend a candlelight service with my parents at their church and eat supper with them. After we get home, the children open 1 gift from us and it is usually pajamas, then we all curl up with hot cocoa or coffee and watch Alabaster’s Song – a great movie about a Christmas tree angel and the birth of Jesus. My children are all grown now and they still insist we watch the movie every year!

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Rachel December 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

Our family waits until everyone is home (I have 3 siblings) and we all watch White Christmas together. Christmas isn’t complete without Bing Crosby!

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Jen C December 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

My favorite tradition is getting together with my mother-in-law a few days before Christmas and baking lots and lots of goodies to give away to friends and family.

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Ann December 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

My favorite holiday tradition is giving my children and grand children an ornament each year. I have been doing this since my oldest child (age 40) was born. ~Ann

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sarah J December 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

I love that we give our kids Jammies and books on Christmas eve. They get to open something and sleep in their new Jammies.

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Lori December 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

Our family always watch It’s a Wonderful Life & Christmas Story on Christmas Eve and then the kids each open up their new PJ’s to wear. It’s always a wonderful time together. I love Christmas

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Jenn T. December 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

We do a Christmas countdown tree each year which the kids enjoy so much. It’s a wooden tree with a cabinet full of small ornaments that go onto it & each day a new ornament is hung. The kids take turns hanging the ornaments each day (we have to print up a calendar so they don’t fight over who’s turn it is). It’s really helpful for my youngest to countdown, but as they grow older, they still enjoy the tradition.

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Zendi F. December 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

Our Christmas tradition is opening a present Christmas Eve and going to the Christmas Eve mass and bake lots of cookies with our families but now since we just moved from Seattle to Hawaii we’ll just have to do it with my own little family.

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Jennifer Jensen December 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

I love crepes on Christmas morning!

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Christi December 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas morning breakfast and mimosas!

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Gloria December 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

My favorite holiday tradition is waking up Christmas morning at home and opening presents just our family in our pajamas before we go to grandparents/extended family. That intimate time is the best!!

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Tiffani December 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

I love digging through my stocking. My mom knows me so well, she always fills it with the best stuff.

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Danielle Enriquez December 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

This is such a great giveaway! Thank you for offering it. I have a 7 1/2 month old so my only traditions thus far are just things with my husband, which we make a special french toast, called Coast Toast. BUT I can share one of my future traditions. I just bought an antique key and plan to set it out on Christmas eve each year so Santa can bring our daughter presents. I think it will be an adorable way to explain how Santa comes in and will be so much fun to take her outside so she can find the perfect spot to put it.

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Danielle Sommer December 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

My favorite Holiday tradition is our families Christmas Eve party. We have been having this party since before I was born. It is an open door party and about 200 to 300 people come in throughout the night. It is a time that I get to see friends and family that I may not have seen since last year!

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Sara December 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

Christmas Eve services…then to a restaurant we’ve never been to before. Could be 4 star or a diner….whatever comes our way. Our most memorable was going to a dump of a Mexican restaurant, but had the most fabulous time. Thanks for the chance.

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Jaime Layton December 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

We eat tamales and rice and beans on Christmas eve.

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Melissa Reuss December 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

Would love to win a Kuerig. I would give it to my husband for Christmas. He is the coffee drinker in our house. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

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Glenda December 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

Baking my grandmother’s tea cakes. What ever the holiday I bake these tea cakes I just swap the cookie cutters.

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

My favorite christmas tradition is pretty simple. Spending as much time with my family as possible. Waking up early to open presents with my kids!!! I love to see their faces on christmas morning!!

Thanks for the chance to win

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Emily December 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is probably doing an advent calendar together. We go together to pick out a really cheap chocolate advent calendar every year. It’s important that it’s cheap because when we open the doors each day there is nothing showing except a chocolate smear. We’ve made a tradition of guessing what shape is under that chocolate smear before we pop it out of the candy mold. The best part is when our silly guesses like “toadstool” or “Easter egg!” are actually correct (yes, we’ve actually had both of those and I don’t get it either).

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Karen K December 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

We always have Peppermint Ice Cream on Christmas Eve.

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Kimberly December 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

I love this giveaway, on my Christmas wish list!
Our new family tradition is to have my 9yr old (we are finalizing the adoption next week, just in time for Christmas!!!) decorate grandma’s windows with snowflakes. Last year it was with a snow spray, this year it was Martha Stewart Snowflake clings, less messy!

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jules p December 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

Our family has a lot of traditions for Christmas. But one of our favorites is making and putting together our gingerbread house. Everyone is involved…everyone helps decorate it. And we have lots of fun and laughs sitting around the table putting it together!

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Beth December 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

I love Christmas Eve!! Santa always makes an appearance after our dinner. My husband’s family has been doing it for over 40 years now (Aunt, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents all take turns “being” Santa) and it’s a true blessing. I love to see all the pictures (kept in a special book) of all the kids growing up over the years and now to see their children sitting on Santa’s lap!!

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Linda December 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

On my mother’s side of the family, many years ago someone bought a funny hat and wrapped it nicely as a “legitimate” gift. It was hilarious when the recipient opened it. Each year, one or two more funny hats have appeared on the scene. The funny hats have surprised and welcomed new spouses into the family, and the grandchildren get a big kick out of the hats. We have everything from the Statue of Liberty to a pioneer woman!

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Jackie December 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

We have a couple of traditions… we always get to open one gift on Christmas Eve and my personal favorite – riding around town checking out the Christmas decorations.

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Judy December 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

Our favorite (& simple) tradition is Mimosas on Christmas morning while we open gifts. I would love to win your giveaway…no one loves coffee more than me. No one.

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sara debo December 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

My favorite part about the holidays is getting together with my family and friends and eating as much food as I can!

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Kate December 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

My favorite tradition is getting together with the family for Christmas Eve! It’s my all time favorite time of the year!

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Kristi December 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

We always all celebrated Christmas at my grandparents house with tons of food and goodies and usually watching Christmas Vacation. This year will be our first without the grandparents and I’m not 100% sure what this year will hold for us all.

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Julie L December 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

I live out of state from my mom/sis/family…my favorite holiday tradition is going to see them thanks Happy Holidays

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Sarah December 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

Well over the years our traditions have kinda fallen through because our families are getting bigger and older but one thing we always make sure to do is just be together at some point over the holiday season. We get together on some random day and play cards or board games and just have a great time together.

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

Thanks for this awesome giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is time with friends and family, eating delicious food (there’s always way too much), drinking, and visiting.

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Sheryl December 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

It’s going to be everything for my 3 grandkids! We have custody and they are 1, 3, and 5! We are kept very busy with my husband and myself working fulltime and keeping the 3 little ones 24/7! I really need this coffee maker! I need the caffeine to keep me going! We are looking forward for Christmas morning to see the joy in their eyes when they wake up and see what is under the tree! They love to undecorate my tree now, bulbs are misplaced everywhere but it is so fun to watch them awe and oooh (sp?) when they take the bulbs off! Have a Merry Christmas! We have 2 boston terrorists and I love looking at pics of Miley and Howie!

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Melinda Shapro December 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

My holiday tradition is baking spritzer cookies with my son and using my grandmother’s recipe and meat grinder to make them.

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Heaven Harvey December 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

My favorite holiday tradition is watching a series of Christmas movies on Christmas Eve with my family, as the house is lit only by our christmas lights and tree. =]

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Kelly Trunnelle December 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

My Aunt always makes these French donuts called beignets. She fries them up fresh right after dinner, sprinkles them with powdered sugar and piles them up on a paper towel lined plate. The entire family passes the plate around, burning our fingers on the hot oil and popping the little balls of heaven into our mouths!! They are so delicious and I look forward to them every year.

Thanks for the chance to win the Keurig, we love coffee in our house and it would go great with our beignets ;)

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Lisa December 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

My favorite tradition is our silly Christmas pictures. We have one photo taken with our ‘serious’ faces on, and another with all of us making faces. Too fun!

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Leah December 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

I looove the days where all we do is bake!! It’s fun family time and the house smells wonderful! =)

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jessjess7304 December 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

Going to my momma’s house (what used to be my grandparents house) for Christmas morning breakfast! I loved going there as a kid to see my grandparents and I’m so glad my mom took over the tradition- especially in the same house!

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Sarah Parker December 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

A tradition that I’m carrying on for my grandmother is her homemade rolls and pies for Christmas Eve. She passed away three years ago and I’ve slowly been learning and trying to perfect her recipes. This year I’m adding her lemon meringue pie. I’m a little nervous, since I’ve never made it before, any tips would be welcomed!

Thanks for the great giveaway! Merry Christmas Kevin & Amanda and Miley & Howie, too!

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Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

Before the big family Christmas on the 25th, my husband and I pick a free evening to have our own little Christmas exchange. It’s a sweet, special time that I look forward to every year!

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Sarah December 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

favorite holiday tradition, would be the signing of the christmas cards. my family sits around the table with hot chocolate, christmas cookies, while we all go through and sign, address and stamp the christmas cards. after that we play a board game. :)

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Dodie Watkins December 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

Our family tradition was to attend midnight mass on Xmas eve and then come home to a big breakfast.

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LauraLou December 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

After opening gifts Christmas morning we have waffles. They are better than ever on Christmas morning!!!

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Sara Ellis December 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

We do family gifts, dinner, and attend our church’s latest Christmas Eve service. Its a candlelight service and at the end we sing Silent Night with all the lights off, acapella. Its absolutely beautiful. As kids, my brother and I would wake up at 3am to sneak downstairs and see what Santa had left us. Now that we’re grown and 600 miles apart, there is no more of that, but we always send each other a message about how we miss getting up at 3am together to see our gifts.

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Leslie Kiley December 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

Oh what a fabulous way to celebrate the season! I have wanted one of these babies for a long while! This is awesome. My favorite way to celebrate the season is when the whole family gets together and visits the live Nativity and has hot chocolate, warm cider and flavored coffee to keep warm! We play Christmas music all the way there and it truly is a family moment we all remember.

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Robin December 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

My tradition is making homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast!

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jeny December 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

My favorite holiday tradition is a tie. I love the date that my husband and I go on when we pick out the oranment for our tree. It always reminds me that I picked a good man. Second- would be the Christmas Eve festivities at my Mom’s house. She always manages to make her house seem warm and glowing.

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Jamie December 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

My favorite holiday tradition- there are so many to pick from! I’ve always loved making cookie making with my mom, brother, & sister while growing up. Our favorite were snowballs, Christmas wreaths (like rice krispie treats), and Spritz cookies :)

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Laura December 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

Looking at Christmas lights with the family… making gingerbread houses… decorating the tree… making yummy goodness in the kitchen!

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*kristi* December 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

What a lovely giveaway!! Our family tradition is to have Chinese food on Christmas Eve :P We do so much prep and cooking for Christmas Day dinner that we like to take a night off from all of it and enjoy our family time together.

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Mrs. K Rasmussen December 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

This is such a generous giveaway!
Our family tradition is baking and decorating cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Then we snuggle in for a Christmas movie, usually “One Magic Christmas” or “Home Alone” :)
Thanks!

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Sarilyn December 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

We get up early on Christmas morning and go to the home of the little ones. We’re there when they wake up and see the excitement of the morning. This year we’ll have 4 generations sharing the joy!

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melissa December 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

My kids open a present on Christmas Eve and it is always new jammies for them to wear – they know what they are opening but still get so excited to see their new Christmas PJ’s. I bought matching when they were smaller – now I try to have similar colors.
My husband really wants one of these coffee makers!
Thanks for the chance!

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Sara pendarvis December 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to one of our huge parks and seeing the lights. You drive around a few miles and see all kinds then you can stop and walk through the forest with the lights!

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katie December 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

My son is 2 1/2. This is the first Christmas he really can understand and get excited, so we are starting our own traditions. This years new traditions: The botanical garden Christmas lights and family christmas cookie baking night!

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Jill December 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Merry Christmas!
My favorite Christmas tradition is putting out my decorations. So many of the decorations have special meaning such as who gave them to me or where I bought them. It’s fun remembering all those things.

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Jamie Harrison December 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Besides just being with family and friends I love that we all open one present on Christmas Eve (usually pjs or a book) and then waking up Christmas morning to see what Santa left us.

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Emily December 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Growing up my favorite tradition was the special breakfast tea ring. We still have a special breakfast. I am hoping to start a new tradition this year of baking a cake to celebrate Jesus’ birth. I am still trying to decide what kind of cake to make.

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Mami2jcn December 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

We always go to farm in the area that has a Christmas light show. We take a hayride and they play Christmas songs and have all kinds of amazing lights.

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Sherell December 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Our tradition is celebrating Jesus’ birthday! We have a special cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus before we eat it.

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Trish December 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Christmas morning breakfast is always a Wreath – a traditional pastry, handmade, filled with a ground pecan & cinnamon filling. My grandmother taught me how to make it years ago, and now I do it for my family. YUM!

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J Chapman December 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Growing up it was always baked ham for Christmas Eve supper. I can smell it now! These days it’s watching Christmas movies, driving around looking at the lights, and lots of goodies to make and take.

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Alyssa December 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

A favorite tradition is mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls, mimosa, and a Johnny Mathis Christmas record playing on Christmas morning!

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janet tobler December 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm

thank you for the opportunity..

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Linda M December 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Every year we (my hubby’s entire family) all get together and talk we learn more and about each other each year!. Then we’ll take turns opening our gifts. It’s nice being around family!

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Cecilia December 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

We always have a cracked crab and clam chowder dinner on Christmas Eve then we each open new pajamas that are worn on Christmas morn.

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SuzieQ December 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

My family has a tradition of getting together on Boxing Day. My sons and I bake a gingerbread house and bring it over for the family to enjoy. It usually only last a few minutes before hands are tearing the walls and roof off! It is a great tradition, that hopefully my sons will continue to do some day:)

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jackie December 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

We go to church, then have a meal with our family, and then we always go for a walk downtown with our girls. It is so pretty…especially when it is snowing

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Holly December 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

My Holiday time is craziness! My b-day is the 23rd, so I am lucky and get to open presents three days in a row! Tradition is that we spent x-mas eve on my Dad’s side and my Mom’s side on X-mas. Lots of laughs, family ha! Mom always makes fudge and Auntie always makes oyster stew. I always make mimosas for Christmas bfast which usually leads into the afternoon. :) Happy Holidays everyone!

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Nellie December 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

My favorite tradition is having my husband dress up as Santa while we are at my sister’s house who lives in the boonies and just watching “Santa” come through the expansive yard to the back door of their house gets even me, an adult, giddy with excitement! It’s really magical and the faces on the little kids faces is priceless. The holidays are not about the gifts and what you want or what you are getting, it’s about spreading the love and joy that is childlike, innocent and still full of wonder and awe in each of us – young and old alike!!

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Cecilia December 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

We always have cracked crab and clam chowder on Christmas Eve then we all open new pajamas to wear on Christmas Morning.

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Darla Poulsen December 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Christmas eve The grandkids open their Christmas Jammies and we all head to get hot cocoa.
Then we go look at Christmas lights of course as my family has grown, is multiple cars.
After wards the kids go home and decorate their ginger bread house kits we get them.

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Jenni W December 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

What a great giveaway! Growing up, we always went to my grandparents house on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts with my extended family. Now our family has expanded to add spouses and kiddos, so we’re trying to decide which house is big enough to hold us all, but regardless of where we end up, we’re always together!

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YvonneC December 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I think my favorite tradition is sitting in the living room with all the lights off except the Christmas tree with my husband after the kids go to bed on Christmas eve. It’s so peaceful and relaxing to just unwind with my guy. Thanks for the chance at winning such a great prize.

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Jessie C. December 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

My favorite tradition is we pick up Christmas tree together.

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Jessica December 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

New Christmas PJ’s for my children on Christmas Eve and a big dinner with Family!

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

My favorite Xmas tradition is watching “while you were sleeping” and “Christmas Vacation” on Christmas eve. I love those movies!!

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April Bentley December 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

This is awesome. It’s on my wishlist for my husband to get me, lol. We combined a little of both worlds for our kids. I grew up making cookies, breads, brittles, and candies the week before Christmas. And now my kids are doing it (same recipes), plus my neighbors kids come and help too. My husband always had cherry candy canes on his tree. So the kids help buy them and add to the tree every year. We see the lights at Santa Land the week of and get sonic and drink hot cocoa. Last year we added our elf on a shelf to our family tradition. His name is Elvis and he loves to hide everywhere.

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lindsay December 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

We always have Christmas Eve dinner at my parents house and my Mom always cooks prime rib. This Christmas Eve we will all be in front of the TV watching the 49ers play the Seahawks. GO NINERS!

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Janice December 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

We have open house at my dads every year, we have been doing it for over 50 years, its so great to see people you havent seen in a while.

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Karlea December 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Awesome giveaway…thanks! My favorite holiday tradition is stockings. My mom (I mean Santa), was a PRO at filling our stockings. Now it’s my turn and it’s my favorite and most fun part of Christmas.

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Heather December 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve dinner with my immediate family. Fun times!!

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Katilynn Allan December 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Every year my dad gets a new Christmas children’s book and reads it to us on Christmas Eve. We now have about 20 of them and the tradition is still going :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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cathy December 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!

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Matt Lamb December 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Spending Xmas with the folks. Usually have Steak and Shrimp on Xmas Eve.

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Lindsay December 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Every year, my kids and I each make an ornament for our tree. That is my favorite tradition. Merry Christmas!

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Ken Kovach December 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I love to watch my boys eyes as they open the many (probably too many!) gifts from Santa….it brings a joy to my heart.

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amy December 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

We started a new tradition this year with my 3 yr old son…. Elf on the Shelf! So much fun!

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Karen December 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

We have the tradition of everyone getting new jammies on Christmas Eve….so much fun!

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GinaE December 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Christmas Eve we put on new Christmas jammies and eat a variety of our favorite appetizers as our meal. Christmas day is for opening stockings, gifts and then having a movie day for the rest of the day, until we have something special for dinner. Many thanks for the chance to win. Wishing you and Kevin the Happiest of Holidays!!

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Karla A December 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is making peanut butter fudge with my grandmothers secret recipe. My grandmother passed away unexpectedly and luckily the Christmas before I spent with her learning how to make all of her “treats” including the families favorite fudge. My uncles say it’s the only fudge that pairs well with beer…lol. I am the only person in our HUGE family that knows how to make it and look forward to passing the knowledge on to my daughter in a few years. Thanks for the chance to win.

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Lisa December 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I would love to win a Kuerig! Our favorite Christmas tradition is the Christmas pickle. I hide a pickle ornament on the tree on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning the first child to find it wins a special present. My children are grown now, but we still carry on the tradition, they love it!

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Stephanie December 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is coming home and baking cookies with my family!

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Kathryn Williams December 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Every Christmas morning my mother makes chocolate gravy:) I know it sounds gross but it is SOOOO good!

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

this hasn’t been a long time tradition, but my favorite thing to do is to take out all of the christmas presents out in hiding and get together with friends & family to have a super fun wrapping party!!! we all get to show off our wrapping skills and pick out the best wrapped presents!! so fun!

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Angela Sarris December 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is baking gingerbread houses with the children. We do this each and every year. Then making cider and cookies and watching a Christmas movie ~ Tangerine Bear LOVE IT!!

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Terri D December 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

As a Moravian, I attend Christmas Eve Lovefeast, which is a church music service where you are served a sweet type of bun and cup of coffee. Moravian candles are lit and distributed at the end of the service to signify Christ’s light of the world. This is done while singing “Christ the Lord, the Lord Most Glorious”. Very beautiful and moving. Merry Christmas!

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grannymike December 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

My children are now 44 and 40, and I have six grandchildren between the ages of 2-18. I think my favorite ongoing tradition (other than all making sure we are together for Christmas) might be one that started many, many years ago. Each child always got a special ornament celebrating that Christmas. When my daughter and son each married, they had a nice little collection for their own tree. That tradition has continued on. Each of them gives their own children an ornament each Christmas, and they also count on one from us as well. Thanks for the nice givewaway.

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Sara December 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

My husband and I have been together for almost 12 years and we love watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation while opening our gifts. Now we have a 6 1/2 month old, so we’ll be starting some new traditions with our son!

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Veronica December 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I love just the time with family and the glow in my children’s eyes. I have no particular tradition but that’s what I look forward to.

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Lori December 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Ah… love it all! Especially the advent calendars, stocking gifts, driving around looking at lights, cookies, just the beauty and wonder of the season! Merry Christmas to all & best wishes for a wonderful celebration!

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Cynthia December 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Christmas is a very special time to “wallow in your family’s love”. Even though we cannot lavish gifts this year like we used to in the past, we are finding that we are going to enjoy the wonderful annual cookies that great-grandmother and grandmother have made. Why is it only once-a-year cookies? Its TRADITION and that is something everyone looks forward too and we all say we cannot wait until next year for those wonderful cookies and smells of Christmas.

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Kerry F December 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Our favorite tradition is to have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. My kids look forward to the ooey goodness every year!

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Angie December 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

We always have a special, non-hurried breakfast after opening gifts. Ahhh, so nice!!

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Lisa December 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

One Christmas tradition started when my children were little. We always have breakfast pizza on Christmas morning. You can make it the night before and pop it in the oven after you open gifts. Now my children are grown and they still look forward to breakfast pizza!

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Beth December 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I love having the extra time off work and school with my kids and seeing their excitement. We always take an evening or two to ride around and look at all the Christmas lights.

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jaime December 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Making cookies with my grandma :)

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Courtney December 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Now that we are sharing our first Christmas with our son – we are creating the tradition of the infamous walking down the stairs to see that Santa has come, eaten the cookies and had the milk, along with bringing more gifts! Our son won’t remember it, but we sure will!

A fresh brewed cup of coffee that morning wouldn’t be so bad either ;)

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Jessica December 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I love our new tradition of spending Christmas Eve in front of the fire place with blankets, hot chocolate and a movie!

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Sarah T December 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Just got engaged and my fiance decided to start the tradition of me (or future kids) getting on his shoulders to put the tree topper on. It is a little thing but I think it will be fun to continue.

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LoriU December 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Thanks for offering this!! DH and I have a tradition that we exchange gifts with each other at midnight Christmas Eve, after we put the kids presents under the tree! It’s our own little personal time during the busy holiday season!

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

We always open presents one at a time, going from youngest to oldest. It’s nice because we get to see what everybody else received and who it was from :)

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kristin t December 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Our first “Christmas Tradition” starts on Thanksgiving – we watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and drink egg nog! It really brings in the season…”real nice”! :)

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kaylene December 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

my favorite tradition is the yearly christmas portrait of our dogs. we try to pose them just like an awkward family photo. last year we dressed them up in down vests next to the tree, this year we wrapped them in christmas lights …it makes for some hilarious photos and great christmas card material!

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Cat G. December 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Eating Stollen! But it must be homemade. My Mom and I make two different versions and I love them both. Thanks!

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Juliana Walters December 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Growing up we always opened Christmas gifts on Christmas morning. After I got married my husband talked me in to opening gifts on Christmas Eve. We told the kids that Santa just could not make it to every home in time so he had to go to some homes on Christmas Eve. Every year he takes the kids sledding, or something like that, then when they get back I have everything set up. I absolutely love this new tradition because Christmas morning is now lazy and quiet. There is no rush, just relaxing and enjoying!

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Denise M December 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Our favorite family tradition is having a big steak and eggs breakfast! It is a big hit with everyone, even my teenage nephews and grown kids look forward to it every year :)
Thanks for the chance to win, happy holidays to all!

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Kathy Iverson December 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is the my husband’s family sleepover on Christmas Eve! We all gather together at his sister’s home, we drink hot chocolate and everyone puts on their brand new jammies. When the kids go to sleep, the parents put out gifts and prepare for the morning! The whole family wakes and spends Christmas morning together!

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Marla December 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Our favorite tradition is fairly new one, but we (just the hubby & kids & I) find a night when we’ll all be home together & have our own little Christmas, just the 4 of us! I make a big pot of chicken & dumplings & we open presents & just spend the evening together. We usually do this on the 23rd!!

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Terry December 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Great giveaway! My three sons insist it isn’t Christmas morning with our our favorite breakfast casserole to start the day.

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Mary Lea Wolf December 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

What a great give-a-way…thanks! So I think my favorite Christmas tradition is the meal that our family shares on Christmas Day…with my dad saying grace. We all are pretty spread apart now…so sometimes this happens post-
Christmas when all the family can actually be together…but it is wonderful all the same.

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Jen December 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

My favorite tradition is definitely christmas eve “dinner,” which is really just a random assortment of appetizers. We always ate really healthfully growing up.. so eating a bunch of mini eggrolls and pigs in a blanket for dinner without a vegetable in sight always felt like something really special.

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Mawiyah December 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

My fav tradition is sleeping UNDER the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve – me and my kids camp out in the living room and sleep nestled extra close 2 our tree :) They love it!

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Megan December 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Decorating the tree!!! :)

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Bri December 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Our favorite tradition is breakfast casserole on Christmas morning. Love the smell of that cooking while we open presents!

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Linsey December 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

My mom is from Germany, so we spend Christmas eve having German food for dinner and then opening our gifts like she did as a kid. It’s one of my most favorite parts of the entire year.

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Rachel Elliott December 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Oooh, I hope I win.

My favorite Christmas tradition is teaching my child that Christ comes first in Christmas. Before she can open her gifts on Christmas she has to find Jesus. How does she do that? Well my child has a special nativity set just for her. We set it up for her and then we take the baby Jesus and we hide it. As the years she grows the hiding places get harder. But this year – she is young so the hiding place will be easy. Well – she finds once she finds Jesus she gets all excited! We want our child to be excited to find that Jesus is the reason for the season. After she finds Jesus we read Luke 2. And then we enjoy family time as we open the gifts under the tree.

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

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Kelli B. December 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Purple pickled eggs! I’m not sure where the tradition came from but we dont have a Christmas without them.

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Caitlin December 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I love wrapping presents while watching my favorite Christmas movies!

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mila December 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Christmas movie and gathering of families.

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Sophia December 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Our holiday tradition is to watch ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Love Actually’ in our comfy chair and half on Christmas Eve, and race downstairs to open presents in the morning!

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Ashley H December 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Awesome giveaway!! I love spending Eve with the IN Laws and Day with my family. Just makes it such a special few days!

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Mary R. December 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Driving around town looking at Christmas lights is a must every year!

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kay December 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Christmas with family is a must ! And baking special foods each year…some for family and some for friends. Thanks for the opportunity. Merry Christmas to everyone.

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Laura S December 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

We always have a great Christmas dinner regardless of if it is just for 2 or 20.

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Katie N December 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

My favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree and going to mass on Christmas Eve! Yaya Christmas!

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Petra December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Every year we go to the same mountain to pick out our tree. We take turns on who gets to pick it out.

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Pam Hodge December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

After our firstgrandson was born, I found a small blue enamel cup that I thought he might enjoy drinking from. After our second grandson came along they both enjoyed eggnog, calling it “Christmas Milk”, so I decided to look for another cup to match the first one. I never found one as small as the first one, but I did find a set of the small enamel cups and a pitcher and tray to match. Every Christmas, I try to bring out the enamel cups and pitcher so that we can all enjoy “Christmas Milk”.

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Wendy Awald December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

One of my favorite traditions is doing the 12 days of Christmas with my boys…the gifts are something small and very inexpensive, but they really look forward to opening them each day. It is the first thing they want to do when they get home from school. They first have to write down what they think it is and then get to open it…it is neat to see if they get close or not! Some of the gifts are funny/gag gifts (like a blinking reindeer nose) and others I make more meaningful (like a new ornament).

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Melanie December 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is with my fathers side of the family…..since I can remember we have been playing BINGO and in the last few years we have added bunco! Everyone LOVES this family tradition! I cannot wait to pass it on to my own children one day!

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with family and friends and reading the CHRISTmas story!

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Rachel December 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

My Dad passed away in 2006, and while browsing Hallmark for an ornament for a friend, we found a candle that smelled just like him. Our first Christmas without him, we lit that candle when we sat down for Christmas dinner… and we have lit the candle every year since. Lighting the candle is my favorite holiday tradition, it lets us remember him without being all mopey around the holidays.

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Jenn December 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

After our family dinner on Christmas eve we drive around looking at all the lights in our Christmas pj’s.

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Kathy Stachewicz December 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

hands down.. baking cookies while drinking wine and listening to Christmas music =)

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KAPP December 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

an annual tradition i have is baking cookies with my mom…we talk and laugh, sometimes so hard our sides ache. We celebrate Christmas as a large group on Christmas eve, with traditional food. then spend Christmas Day with our individual families by opening gifts from Santa and spending practically all day in our pj’s. Thank you for this giveaway…have a merry Christmas!

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Christy December 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

My favorite tradition is one my mother started when I was a kid. She’s buy a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle sometimes it was holiday theme and sometimes not and we’d set it out on the dinner table on December 1st and work out in throughout the month until it was finished. We’d work on it while we ate, or just gather and socialize at the table while working on it. It was something I always loved and always looked forward to. It’s not quite the same now since we don’t all live together and I don’t have any kids. But if I ever have kids I will definitely be that with mine.

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Heather Conroy December 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

My fav tradition is making and decorating homemade gingerbread houses with the kiddos. Tomorrow I have 12 teenagers coming over to decorate their houses, some for the first time :)

thank you

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Doug R December 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

We always open one gift on Christmas Eve and it’s always the same gift PJs. Not sure why but it’s always fun!

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jaimeg December 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

We invite our friends over Christmas afternoon. We all enjoy a bonfire and a pot of chili, along with the rest of the Christmas cookies!

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Heidi December 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

My favorite tradition is driving around with my boys to look at all the decorated houses. They love driving down different streets and looking at all the lights.

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Kristine S December 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

My favorite holiday is to sharetraditions with my loved ones…baking cookies, decorating the tree and giving to those in need.

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Kasi December 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas Eve with my mom and brother when they travel home for Christmas. We play games, watch movies and exchange the gifts we bought for each other before the big family get-together on Christmas morning.

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Bekah December 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is gathering at my parents house on Christmas Eve after the candlelight service at church. We exchange gifts (now that we’re all grown and do Christmas day at our own houses) and watch “A Muppet Christmas Carol.” My brother and I spend part of the evening making Monkey Bread to be baked the next morning for breakfast. :)

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Jacki December 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Great giveaway! Our favorite holiday tradition is spending time with family and baking cookies with the kids!

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Melinda T December 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Awesome giveaway! Would definitely love one in our house! One favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and wearing new pjs! And drinking hot cocoa and coffee!

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cara marie December 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

whenever my family gets together for the holidays we make 7 layer bean dip! it is delicious and massive and my family only makes me for me, because i love it so much. or at least they say it’s just for me. everyone else really seems to enjoy it too. :]]]]

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Christa M. December 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

My favorite tradition is Christmas Day at my mom’s. After all of the hustle & bustle of shopping and dinners and gatherings in the weeks leading up, Christmas Day my siblings and I spend a quiet, stress-free day at my mom’s, in our pajamas. We just relax, snack, and visit. Later, my brother will cook dinner for us, his gift to the family, and we’ll open gifts in front of the fire. Holidays can be so stressful, enjoying this one day with only my closest loved ones is extra special.

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Carrie December 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I love spending Christmas Eve with my family for dinner (finger foods… my favorite!) and then attending the midnight Christmas service at church.

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Melinda December 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Not many traditions to speak of but I just love spending time with family over break and watching movies.

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JEN December 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Hanging out with the family and baking TONS

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Maria December 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

We have a Christmas Eve tradition of getting together with all the cousins on my moms side of the family for lots of food, laughter and fun!

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Angelina December 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Every year instead of waiting until Christmas morning, we open all of our gifts on Christmas Eve.

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Sarah W. December 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

We are starting a new tradition this year of fondue for New Years Eve!

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Paige Burnett December 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Favorite childhood tradition was being allowed to open ONE present on Christmas Eve from my Grandma, which always contained a brand new pair of PJ’s for bedtime that night!! I still do this for my two daughters!!

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Rhadonda December 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Great give away. Thanks! For about 15 years now we have never tagged our gifts to our children in the normal to-from way. We have done many, many unique, fun, crazy ways. They are in college now and still want us to keep up the tradition. It is stretching our brain to figure out new ways but it is fun and i am sure a tradition they will carry on when they have families.

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Kerry LeWarne December 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

My favorite holiday traditions is Christmas Eve – we give the kids one present to open – Christmas pajamas. Even though, they know what it is, they look forward to it every year.

We also read a Bible story each year with the WHOLE family – 25 of us! So much fun!

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Pam Tetreault December 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Years ago our family started doing something a little bit different than the traditional Christmas dinner. Now we pick out something that we really like, but don’t have too often and that is what we’ll have. This year we’ll be enjoying Skyline Chili. My husband is the one that picked this year and it surprised me that he picked that because he’s not a big fan of it.. but he said he’s excited to have it because he knows how much the rest of us all love it. Merry Christmas to you all. blessings ~ Pam

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Tracy W. December 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

One of my favorite traditions from growing up was going to church Christmas Eve and then staying up to see where Santa was on the 10:00 news. The weather person always knew where he was and I loved it. We would also get to open one small gift before bed.

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Laura December 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

My family always eats chili off of our fine china on Christmas Eve. It’s a very appropriate scene for my family.

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Lori C December 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

My favorite holiday tradition would have to be celebrating with family and friends. Food, music, a movie or two, and conversation. It’s relational, it’s fun… It’s a huge part of what makes this time of year so special.

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jen December 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

decorating the tree is my fave tradition!

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Candice December 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

My favorite tradition is bringing my kids to see all the pretty lights around town while listening to christmas music… :)

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Trish December 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Wow what a super giveaway! My daughter is coming home from college to spend Christmas with me and her Step-Dad, and this would be a great addition to the kitchen! She and I are the coffee drinkers in the house, he is a Mt. Dew guy. It has been a tough year, with my job loss, our having to move since we lost our home, and his Mom having lung cancer, but we are OK, because we have the Lord to guide us and comfort us, and give us strength. Thank you for the opportunity to read your blog, and post my 2 cents. Happy Christmas to all.

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Norma December 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is making tamales at my parents home. Each of the “kids” and their spouses or significant others show up in the morning and lend a helping hand at making yummy pork tamales. Once they are done and cooked we have lunch together; eating them fresh from the pot. Then we wrap up the rest of them and give them away as Christmas gifts to those on our special “hot tamale list”. By far my favorite tradition!

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Lauren December 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

My husband and I are starting a tradition as newlyweds. We have begun to pick up ornaments on each of the fun places that we visit. I imagine after a few years that our tree will be filled with fun memories.
We are also staying home this year, which is brand new for us.

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Trish December 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I almost forgot! One of the reasons I looked at your Blog is because my daughter is an Amanda too! Our tradition is to place the Baby in the Manger on Christmas morning!

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Lindsay December 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Baking Christmas cookies with my bestie!

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Mis December 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Our favorite Christmas tradition is picking out new ornaments for each family member to represent something they did that year. Fun to see our tree fill up as our boys grow. :)

Hooray for giveaways and HOORAY for coffee!!! :)

Merry Christmas, Amanda!

Blessings,
Mis

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Serey December 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

My daughters & I would watch the whole 6 cd’s of Pride & Prejudice on a scheduled day when we have nothing to do. A cup of hot coffee would be good during the required movie break…. :-)

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Bonni December 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I love decorating the tree with my family the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

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Patti W December 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

My favorite holiday traditoition is baking sugar cookies. I did it with my 2 kids and now I have 2 grandsons and this is the first year they helped. My 4 yr old did all the sprinkles and tasted every color of frosting. It was so much fun with little ones again.

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brenda smith December 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Our old Christmas tradition is making tons of different homemade candies, and this is the only time of the year candy is made. No summertime fudge in this family! Our newest family tradition is to have a pajama party on Christmas Eve. Everyone participates, from the babies, to the guys, all the way to great grandma. It’s a blast!

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Beth December 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Oh, wow! What a great giveaway! Let’s see.. a favorite Christmas tradition. Well, when I was little, we didn’t have a lot of money so instead of getting a Christmas tree, my mom hung garland across the entry to our hall and we decorated it with ornaments just like a tree. Now, even after so many year, she still does that!

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Amber Barber December 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

My dad always read the Christmas Story from the Bible to us. (Luke 2) He has every year, since we were babies, and still in our cribs. He now reads this to us, as well as OUR children. :) It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions, with the most important message!

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Growing up, our family would always try to find a restaurant open for dinner on Christmas Eve. Then my brother and I would exchange our gifts when we got home.

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Kaylene December 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

ohh, I’ve been DYING for one of these!

let’s see… one Christmas tradition: My husband and I always give each other an ornament, relevant to our year, each Christmas. It’s a fun way to keep a collection going and our tree is totally a story of our lives. With a little one coming in February (see why I need this giveaway??), we’ll have to decide if we want to just start getting her ornaments or do 3 ornaments a year!

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kristin December 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

My mom, my sister and I watch White Christmas, drink wine and eat cookies. I have no idea what all the men are doing, but they are missing out on the fun!

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Sarah @ pão e queijo December 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Great giveaway! My family and I usually watch the movie, Miracle on 42nd Street, we have a special Christmas breakfast, and open (mostly) homemade gifts together. Holiday baking is also in order!

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Tara @ Creole Paperie December 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Going to Christmas in the Oaks at City Park and Miracle on Fulton Street!

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Jodi December 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Fa la la la la!!!! Happy and healthy Holidays to all!
I love to play dreidel with pennies haha!

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Shannon December 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

We have so many holiday traditions. The one that I’ve kept as an adult is to go see the local production of the Christmas Carol. They do such a phenomenal job every year! This year is the 27th year I will be going and cannot wait to see the little changes they’ve made to keep us traditionalists coming back for more.

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Gina Atkins December 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

My favorite tradition is decorating the tree with my kids. I love to just let them put their little touches on it. It makes it so special to me.

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K. Cassidy December 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

What an awesome giveaway! My favorite holiday tradition is reading “The Night Before Christmas” to my kids before tucking them in on Christmas Eve. My dad did the same thing for me and my sister growing up (all the way through college!) and I am honored to now carry on the tradition with my own family. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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millie December 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

holiday baking with my mom! love this! : )

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Greta December 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm

My family has a big Swedish feast on Christmas Eve, super good!

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Stephine Gutierrez December 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I Love Love Love Coffee!! I would love to win this (fingers crossed)!!

My Favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve everyone will get to open one present before Christmas of their choosing (This always helped us be less anxious to peak into our presents the night before LOL)!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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Marci Johnson December 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love spending Christmas Eve with the family enjoying dinner and making good memroies…..

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jenn w December 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

my favorite holiday tradition is going to the midnight Christmas eve service at my church…it’s always such a special time and i love that my whole family gets together. we end the service singing a Christmas hymn by candlelight….

awesome awesome giveaway! i love the hazelnut creme flavor, too!!

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Julie K December 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I don’t know if I should give my favorite holiday tradition (latkes) or stick with the trend and give my favorite Christmas tradition (Chinese food and a movie), so instead I’ll share my favorite part of the holiday even if it doesn’t quite count as a tradition. I love the time and excuse to catch up with friends and family members around the world!

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Krystal L. December 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

My favorite tradition would probably be opening up one present on Christmas Eve. :) That & spending Christmas morning snuggling with my Fiance & drinking warm coffee. :) Next year, we’ll be doing it as husband & wife. :)

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Anne December 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Our favorite tradition is not actually on Christmas but on the day of the epiphany – January 6th when we follow the french tradition of taking down the tree and eating a “Gallette de Roi” which is the french king cake. Someone finds the baby Jesus in the cake and gets to wear the crown. So much fun…

Thanks for the giveaway – I have been dying for a Keurig.

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Wendy December 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Our family tradition is to put some hot chocolate (chocolate milk in sippies for the little ones) and go drive around and look at Christmas lights on Christmas eve. We do it every year and the kids LOVE it!

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Since I was a child, my favorite Christmas tradition has been opening one small present on Christmas Eve.

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Lauren December 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

We love getting hot chocolates and driving around to look at Christmas lights! Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

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Kallyn December 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

My family and I grew up in Germany so we love to incorporate German traditions into our everyday lives. For Christmas, we hide a pickle ornament on the tree. Whoever finds the pickle ornament first on Christmas day wins another Christmas present!

Happy holidays!

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Bev December 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

We always pick a family less fortunate and in need in our surrounding area, bought presents for them and provided all the fixings for a yummy Christmas dinner. On Christmas Eve, we deliver everything to the families home, knock on the door and run, hoping they don’t see their “secret santa”. It’s always fun to be hiding and see their faces when they see presents and food on their doorstep!

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Lisa Smith December 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

We have a big family Christmas Eve. We eat, play games and open presents. Love it!

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Megan December 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

My favorite tradition is going to church and spending time with family/friends. :)

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Barbara J December 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My favorite “tradition” is simply having kids and grandkids at our house on Christmas morning. Lots of noise, paper, laughter, and good food.

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Michelle G December 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas Eve. My husband and I cook a traditional meal for us and the kids. We eat early, then prepare hot (mildly warm) chocolate in travel mugs and cookies in travel plates. Then we go and look at all of the Christmas lights. It is so much fun to see all of the festive decorations and the gatherings of families and friends!

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Kelly Robison December 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Growing up out in the country it was tradition for our family to hike into the mountains and cut down our own Christmas tree. There is no comparison to doing this versus getting your tree at a tree farm. I wish I were a kid again.

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Jenny E. December 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

On Christmas Eve, my husband’s family gathers in the piano room, and sings Christmas carols while his mom & sister play the piano. It’s a special time with us all gathered together. We only spend Christmas Eve with them every other year, but I always look forward to that special time.

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Alicia December 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

We love to read a different Christmas story each night in December with our two little girls, and then sing a Christmas carol before we tuck them into bed.

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Amanda December 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Favorite tradition? Putting up the tree and decorations after the kids have gone to bed on Christmas Eve. The reaction the next morning is priceless…

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Keri Jarvis December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I so want one of those. My family has to watch chevy chase’s chistmas vacation movie every year. The whole family can recite the whole thing!

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Heidi V December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

My favorite tradition is reading our advent book and surprising my boys with little goodies/activities every day in December.

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Emily Poechman December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

My favorite tradition is baking (and eating) holiday cookies!

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Mrs. H. December 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

my birthday is on the 11th.. ever since i can recall we would by the tree as my present since it was so close to christmas and my parents could do birthday and christmas gifts so close together. Now tha ti have children i still have found memories of this and passed this along to my girls.. We go out on the 11 for lunch the off to get us all a tree!!!

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Courtney December 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I adore Christmas morning tradition. Everyone in Jammie’s even if they are driving over, fruit smoothies, monkey bread, egg casserole, Christmas music and presents!! Love!

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Erin @ GoBananasBlog December 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

One of my favorite traditions is the food we eat on Christmas morning and all the Christmas Eve festivities. We literally do the same thing every year! Christmas Eve service, pizza from Dominos (used to be the only pizza place open), eat while watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and then open one Christmas present.

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Kim B. December 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

My fav. holiday tradition is going home to be with family. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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Katie December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

We always get together with my family to decorate cookies, then we spend the 23rd at my grandma’s house with about 60 of my closest family members. Christmas morning, we go to my mom and dad’s in our jambes for brunch and presents. It’s wonderful! This year, we will do church before we go to Mom and Dad’s, but we’ll be changing back into our pajamas before we go!

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Ivy Jones December 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

My favorite tradition is shopping!

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Terri December 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Time with family and friends!!!!!

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Carrie V December 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I would love to win this for my Dad! My favorite tradition is making and decorating sugar cookies, while watch some favorite christmas movies, like White Christmas and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas :)

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Bobbie December 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I always look forward to looking at Christmas lights throughout the neighborhood with the family. We all load up in the motorhome grab our hot cocoa and drive around. Fun family time.

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Elizabeth December 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Thanks for offering this giveaway!! My favorite Christmas tradition is my family’s Christmas breakfast that we do every year. We make homemade eggnog and, as we term it, Christmas bread, which is German Stolen with candied fruit in it. Every Christmas nothing can happen until we’re all up and then we’ve made breakfast together, then our Christmas can start.
Hope that you have a merry Christmas and that Christ blesses you this year.

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Lindsay L December 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Having an Italian dinner on Christmas eve and watching a movie.

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Danis December 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is getting out our Nativity scene and setting it all up! The kids have fun setting all the animals around and looking at that baby Jesus and remember why we all celebrate the Christ in Christmas!! Merry Christmas Amanda!

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Matty December 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

We always go to see my family for Christmas. We live in Texas and they live in Virginia so we do not get to see each other as often as we would like. It is always a wonderful time when we get together..

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Sarah F December 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

On Christmas Eve we have appies some drinks, we each get to open one present and its always PJ’s love it!

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Nicole December 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to go to the candlelight service at Church and then have people over after Church for good food and fun. Merry Christmas!

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Lori December 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm

reading the Polar Express Christmas Eve @ bedtime!

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Megan December 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Spending time with family (of course)… but my favorite “tradition” with my boys is taking them each year to pick out their own ornament. LOVE!

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Anne December 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Love this coffee maker!

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Cara December 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Just spending time with family, and a good meal to go with it!

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Amy December 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

We see a movie at the theater every Christmas! I remember being a child and seeing Hook on Christmas Day. This year, I think it’s going to be Girl With A Dragon Tattoo – not the most family-friendly flick, but we’ve all read the books!

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Jennifer Tait December 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Making sugar cookies with my mom and decorating the Christmas tree. Now my husband, daughter and I go up and cut a Christmas tree every year. I love the hunt.

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tiphaniefaith December 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

My favorite tradition is spending Christmas Day (the whole entire day!) with my sweet family. It’s the one day year we don’t have a million other places to be. And then a late movie with friends! :)

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Kris L December 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

My favorite tradition is helping my daughter get ready for Santa to come on Christmas Eve. We put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the Reindeer. She is so excited at this point, sometimes I think she may just burst!

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Heather dela Cruz December 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

One of my favorite traditions is spending time with my family and opening gifts on Christmas Eve at my grandma’s house. I just love the happy sparkle in the air at Christmas-time!

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maureen December 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I just love being with the ones we love. It is a blessing that we will be doing a lot of traveling and seeing my family for Christmas. Look out everyone, here we come.

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Kristen D'Angelo December 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is making holiday cookies.. Some of my favorite are frosted sugar cookies and chocolate rolo cookies!! yum!

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Tessa F December 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

My favorite tradition was opening one present Christmas Eve and it being new pajamas, putting on the new pj’s and hopping in bed, and having such a hard time falling asleep knowing Santa Claus would show up soon hahaha Miss those days…

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Katrina December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

My favorite tradition is baking a fresh batch of cookies on Christmas Eve and setting a few out for Santa. We also look forward to opening our first gifts of the night, which are always new jammies! :)

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Amber Hayes December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

My family is very into traditions, so we have MANY that we’ve done for years…But one of my favorites is my mom’s famous Christmas Breakfast. My sister shares a birthday with Jesus, so she always got to pick the main part of the breakfast, but it always ended up where our table is covered in breakfast foods and we all gather around the table after we open gifts. Even though my brother and sister and I are grown and have added spouses to the tradition, we still keep it alive and do it each year!

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yuki December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

For 11 years now, I’ve hosted a big oyster and sushi party for my family and friends! It keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. At first, I did ALL the cooking and for the last 2 years, it’s gotten to pot luck (although I still make my own sushi and buy the case of oysters to shuck).

Thanks Amanda, for another great giveaway!

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Adrianne December 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

My favorite tradition is baking TONS of cookies and because it’s Christmas, having license to eat as many as I want! I make at least 15 different varieties and everyone looks forward to my contribution to the family gathering.
Thanks for the opportunity to win the Keurig – it would be so awesome to win!!

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Carrie G. December 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

We have pretty typical traditions… all the ladies get together to bake cookies using old family recipes for a day. And then every year we pick out a special Radko ornament that represents the family over the past year. It’s so neat as we decorate the tree every year to see everything we’ve been through!

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Londra Fleming December 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Baking cookies and sharing with my co- workers, neighbors and friends.

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Abby December 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is making tamales with my family and then eating them for Christmas dinner!

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Juliet December 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

My sister makes us cinnamon buns and then we open presents. In the past, we have gone to the movies on Christmas.

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Brittany December 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

My husband and I always make a date out of putting up our Christmas tree. Every year we make a nice dinner, decorate the tree, and then we watch the movie Love Actually :)

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Alvina December 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Married a year and a half, I think we are still working on our traditions! We are alternating Christmases with each side of the family so it’s fun and different traditions every other year! I’m excited to see what will come together when we have our own Christmas someday!

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celia December 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

we always open gifts at midnight.

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Carol December 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve at mom’s house. The whole family, 20+ of us, (it keeps getting larger) get together for a fabulous dinner, gift exchange & card games. It’s the best time of the year.

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tony December 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

we always go see a movie on christmas day.

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Kaylee Nelson December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is going outside and greeting the firemen that drive by on their fire trucks handing out bags of peanuts to the kids!

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Heather Spooner December 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

We love to bake holiday sweets and and have a holiday themed movie night. Complete with hot chocolate of course. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Shelby December 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

We always watch Christmas movies the night before. I love reading so many of the traditions. Gives me some ideas! :)

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Diane December 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Mine is that even though my kids are all grown and I have grand kids that every year they are all home on Christmas and looking on the tree for those school Ornaments they made as little kids that I have been hanging on the tree for over thirty years now :))
And also that they call ahead every year to make sure I’m making their favorite cookie or candy!!
I can’t wait !!

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jenny@boxandb December 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

One of my favorites traditions is: put on our pj’s, crank up the Christmas music, and decorate the tree!

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Jennifer Lassiter December 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

We load up all our presents and take them to my sister in laws house christmas eve night, we eat finger foods, and get to open 1 present (which is always pj’s from my mother in law). Then we come back in the morning after Santa has been by, and open all the presents.

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Alison December 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is all the girls and guys wearing matching PJs for Christmas morning pictures! :) I hope you have yourself a merry little Christmas! Cheers! :)

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Katherine December 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I love sitting in our pajamas, sipping coffee, and watching everyone open their presents. We have a nice breakfast together and then head to Christmas Mass. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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Renee F. December 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Our favorite noliday tradition is to take what we would all spend on each other and go buy toys for Toys for Tots. It takes all the stress from the holiday shopping away, helps others and we really do have fun doing this. We usually take the toys to the center, they know us very well there. :)

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adie December 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I would love to win this, I have been looking hard at these awesome machines!

My fave tradition would have to be decorating the tree. All the ornaments, tree topper and tree skirt belonged to my grandma who raised me. She always made the holidays and actually any day seem special. I miss her so much but I will keep the tradition of family ornaments alive!

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Karen December 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I love all of the holiday craze…shopping, wrapping, giving and receiving holiday cards, watching the kids open their presents, good food and the family being together. Also love our traditional holiday cocktail – eggnog with coffee flavored brandy. YUM. Will put a smile on any Grinch!

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Jenn December 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

This is a WONDERFUL give away!! I have been wanting one of these for months now.

A Christmas tradition for my family is to open ONE gift on Christmas Eve. The kids all know what it is…pajamas!!! Sounds so silly but they look so forward to it. I usually get my girls the same color scheme as well as the boys the same color scheme. Hubby and I also match. We take a picture every year in our jammies!

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Carla Skipper December 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

We make fudge and ship it all across the country!

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LUcy December 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

We always buy an new ornament for our tree to celebrate and remember something from that year—many are from that year’s vacation.

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Celia Smoot December 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

My favorite Holiday tradition is changing the theme of our Christmas tree. For days leading up to buying the tree (and yes it has to be real one) my husband and I debate on that year’s theme and color. This year the color is gold and the theme is reindeers. We basically buy new tree decorations from discount stores and I make some of them (either from beads or paper crafting) and we take a night over some nice red wine and do the job of decorating. He takes the bigger ornaments while I concetrate on the smaller ones. Its something we look forward to every year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

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Teresa Hoffman December 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thanks for the opportunity for Mom to get a gift! I love Christmas and our favorite tradition is having a yummy dinner with my family and then making a flaming coffee. We pour good whiskey warmed with sugar cubes and cinnamon over an orange peel cut in one piece off an orange, light it on fire and watch the flaming liquid as it is lifted and poured into a bowl with a spoon, then we add coffee when we are done. My childhood comes flooding back as our faces are all glowing and we are ooooohing and ahhhing together.

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Monique December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Spending time with my family.

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Kristin T December 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I always go to church, open presents, and then drive to New Jersey to see some family. We always finish the night with a board game.

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Heidi December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Instead of a traditional ham, we always fondue on Christmas eve. So fun!

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Anne Weber-Falk December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

We have a number of traditions but I think we’ll talk about the food. The one I remember the most are the Swedish tea bisquits. We have had these since my mother was a little girl. We would get them from the Swedish Bakery on Clark St. in Chicago. Now we are all living in the suburbs and it can be difficult to get to the bakery so I worked on finding the recipe. Now I make them for every holiday at home. I’m also sure to make enough for everyone to take home to enjoy too.

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Susan J. December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

My favorite holiday traditions include watching “Christmas Story” over & over, having tamales and opening 1 present on Christmas Eve!

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Mary C Civello December 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Lasagna with garlic bread and salad for Christmas Eve before opening one present each. Big ham dinner on Christmas Day and enjoying the family and friends.

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cortney van weerdhuizen December 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

We have a few family traditions but the one that I love is we make a birthday cake for Jesus. I want my kids to know the real reason for Chirtmas!

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Andrea December 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

My mom used to always go all out for Thanksgiving and Christmas with the white linen tableclothes, wine glasses, wine, cloth napkins and the fancy china. This year’s Christmas won’t be quite as elegant, but I always loved it!

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Janice E. December 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

When my husband and I first lived together we made minimum wage – so our first Christmas Eve meal together was boxed macaroni & cheese with cut up hot dogs in it (fancy!). 21 years later we are still having that as our Christmas Eve meal because it’s a nice reminder of where we started. FYI: Our 14 yr old son is not a fan of this tradition. :)

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Megan December 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

On Christmas Eve, we always eat my dad’s famous cheesy potato soup and then open presents. It’s our tradition!

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Kristen December 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I just love Christmas! My favorite tradition is on Christmas morning, I will read the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth to my family before we start our exchange of gifts. The reminder of the true meaning of Christmas is refreshing. About half way through our gift opening, we always have cinnamon buns and orange juice!
Thanks for the chance to win!

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Teresa Millar December 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

My favourite holiday tradition is one that doesn’t happen anymore sadly. I grew up in a very small town. Every Christmas Eve when I was a kid everyone in my family came to my Grandparents for Christmas dinner. Then the entire town gathered at the Hall for Christmas carols. The last song we sang was always Jingle Bells, and if we sang it loud enough – Santa arrived with a sack full of presents for all the girls and boys.

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Jill December 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I have been wanting a Kuerig for so long and my husband keeps telling me I don’t need once since I’m not a daily coffee drinker. Please let this be my chance to win one!! I can’t wait to try the hazelnut cream flavor! Yum!!

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Brenda December 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I always like our family just being together. We never know from year to year, so I want to cherish the time we have together.

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Christi Kurtz December 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Caroling to our neighbors and passing out candy canes. I love how my kids get just as excited about this as they do Trick-or-Treating.

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Lisa December 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies- every year my mom and my 4 sisters get together for one full day of holiday baking. So much fun!

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Laurie December 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is just being in the kitchen, cooking various holiday dishes — ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potato casserole.

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Stacy Merrill December 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

We always get together with my family on Christmas Eve. It’s all about the kids and the crazy house and LOTS of food!! Merry Christmas!

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Wendy December 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is just being with family. The older you get—more are added to a family but you also lose some real special ones along the way. So savor each and every get together you can. Thanks for the give away Kerurig is the only way to drink coffee!

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amy December 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

My favorite tradition is giving my son and daughter Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. They wear them to bed that night and we have great pictures of them opening presents on Christmas morning in their matching PJs!

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Melody B December 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

My favorite tradition is getting to open one present on Christmas Eve. I loved it as a kid and now I can pass it down to mine.

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Lea December 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Singing through the Elvis Christmas Album with my Daddy.

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Michelle December 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

First- I love your blog, your fonts, and your tutorials! Our favorite holiday tradition actually just started this year. Each day we from Dec. 1-25th we are doing random acts of kindness. Partially just because it’s a nice thing to do, but also to teach our boys that Christmas isn’t just about gifts for them. We’ve taken toys to the children’s hospital, paid for people’s lunches behind us in the drive through, made cards and treats for neighbors, given toys to the poor, etc.

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Hannah Waggett December 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Every Christmas we go to Colorado, bake lots of goodies and eat tamales!

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Katie December 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

One of my favorite traditions is watching my kids open their advent calendar every night.

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Jennifer Horton December 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Makeing candy with my Mom and now I make it with with my Son Jacob.

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Anne December 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Time with family is most important. Fun, laughter, games and food (glorious food) is the center of our celebrations (what to make? what to bring? who can outdo who?). But one thing we’ve started doing is going to a movie with as many family members who are interested. A nice respite after the cooking, presents and clean up is over.

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Michelle Adams December 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Looking at Christmas lights – LOVE that!
Thanks for the chance!!!!

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